Le Dernier Tournant

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

When it comes to noir, we Anglos may have appropriated the word, but the thing was the result of the most delicate Franco-American reciprocity, well illustrated here. Preceding Visconti (Ossessione), Garnett and Rafelson, this is the first adaptation of James M Cain's 1934 novel The Postman Always Rings Twice, with its triangle of slobbish husband/bored wife/tough drifter. Apart from an accommodation with Michel Simon's star status, which required the husband to live longer, it's a faithful transposition of the novel's tone and content. But it's the style of the actors - Gravey's soulful eyes and mournful presence, Luchaire's other worldly beauty and air of resignation - which makes the difference, nudging the distinctively French world of 'poetic realism' and that of American pulp finally and irrevocably into alignment. (Luchaire's career stopped in 1940; she was the daughter of pro-Nazi writer Jean Luchaire, shot after the Liberation, and she herself was dead at 29.) BBa.

By: BBa


Release details

90 mins

Cast and crew

Pierre Chenal
Charles Spaak, Henry Torrès, Jacques Brunius, Pierre Chenal, André Chenal
Fernand Gravey
Michel Simon
Corinne Luchaire
Robert Le Vigan
Florence Marly
Marcel Vallée
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