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Le Dernier Tournant

  • Film

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.
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Release Details

  • Duration:90 mins

Cast and crew

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