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Les visiteurs du soir

Marcel Carné

 
Les visiteurs du soir (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1942
  • 121 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #626

A work of poetry and dark humor, Les visiteurs du soir is a lyrical medieval fantasy from the great French director Marcel Carné. Two strangers dressed as minstrels (Arletty and Alain Cuny) arrive at a castle in advance of court festivities—and are revealed to be emissaries of the devil, dispatched to spread heartbreak and suffering. Their plans, however, are thwarted by an unexpected intrusion: human love. Often interpreted as an allegory for the Nazi occupation of France, during which it was made, Les visiteurs du soir—wittily written by Jacques Prévert and Pierre Laroche, and elegantly designed by Alexandre Trauner and shot by Roger Hubert—is a moving tale of love conquering all.

Cast

Dominique Arletty
AnneMarie Déa
Baron Hugues Fernand Ledoux
GillesAlain Cuny
Renaud Marcel Herrand
The devilJules Berry

Credits

DirectorMarcel Carné
ScreenplayJacques Prévert and Pierre Laroche
ProducerAndré Paulvé
CinematographyRoger Hubert
Original musicJoseph Kosma and Maurice Thiriet
Art directorAlexandre Trauner
EditorHenri Rust

Disc Features

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • L’aventure des “Visiteurs du soir,” a 2009 documentary on the making of the film
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Michael Atkinson

    Cover based on an original set design painting by Alexandre Trauner

Film Essays

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Les visiteurs du soir: Love in the Ruins

By Michael AtkinsonSeptember 19, 2012

Marcel Carné’s tale of love and devilry in medieval France was a sensation during the German . . . Read more »

Film Essays

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Les visiteurs du soir: Love in the Ruins

By Michael AtkinsonSeptember 19, 2012

Marcel Carné’s tale of love and devilry in medieval France was a sensation during the German . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries

The Art of Alexandre Trauner

September 17, 2012