La Nuit fantastique

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Better known for his silent films, L'Herbier here essayed a wartime escapist fantasy. A young man (Gravey) prefers his dream world to daytime reality, where he pursues his obsession, a mysterious goddess in white named Irène (Presle), who inhabits a small surreal world dominated by her father, a conjuror (Fabre). As in Woody Allen's Purple Rose of Cairo, the dreamer remains conscious of his edifying fiction, preferring it to reality. A bit rough around the edges: let's call it a semi-precious jewel.

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Duration: 89 mins

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Director: Marcel L'Herbier
Screenwriter: Louis Chavance, Maurice Henry, Marcel L'Herbier, Henri Jeanson
Cast: Fernand Gravey
Micheline Presle
Saturnin Fabre
Charles Granval
Jean Parédes
Bernard Blier
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