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Thursday, June 5, 2014

LA VÉRITÉ (1960) "The Truth" [Eng subs]

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"Suppose I'm a tramp... why can't I be in love?" (U.S. movie poster)

LA VÉRITÉ ("The Truth") is a 1960 French-Italian suspenser, directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. It stars Brigitte Bardot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel, Sami Frey and Marie-José Nat. The original screenplay was by Clouzot, Simone Drieu, Michèle Perrein, Jérôme Géronimi, Christiane Rochefort and Véra Clouzot. Raoul J. Lévy was the producer.

Dominique Marceau (Bardot) is in jail, charged with the murder of her lover, Gilbert Tellier (Frey). As the trial proceeds, she recalls the past events that led to her present predicament. Dominique lived her own life as a free woman, and seduced Gilbert -- who was her sister's fiancée -- for fun, while dating several other men. Her lawyer (Vanel) is prepared to try anything to help her, but the rules of society are against Dominique. And the truth may not be enough to save her.

After the financial failure of Clouzot's 1957 film, "Les Espions", producer Raoul Levy suggested that the director's next film should star Brigitte Bardot. In response, Clouzot began work on the screenplay for LA VÉRITÉ, which would become France's' second most popular film of 1960, and Bardot's highest grossing picture. The actress later described LA VÉRITÉ as her favorite of all the films she worked on.

In the U.S., LA VÉRITÉ was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but lost to Ingmar Bergman's "The Virgin Spring". The movie was filmed in the Studios Joinville, outside of Paris, and through out the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of the city. Armand Thirard, who collaborated with Clouzot on both "Diabolique" and "The Wages of Fear", among others, was the cinematographer.

English subtitles have been embedded.

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