• France
  • 1930
  • 95 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.19:1
  • French
  •  

The first sound film by Julien Duvivier also marked his first collaboration with the marvelous actor Harry Baur. Together, they brought to life the vivid protagonist of Irène Némirovsky’s best-selling first novel, an avaricious, self-interested banker whose family life is as tempestuous as his business dealings. Directed with visual panache, this grim yet arresting tale showcases Duvivier’s preternatural cinematic maturity during a transitional phase for the French film industry.

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Film Essays

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Eclipse Series 44: Julien Duvivier in the Thirties

By Michael Koresky November 05, 2015

Julien Duvivier’s early sound films offer emotionally rich explorations of life in prewar France. Read more »

Film Essays

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Eclipse Series 44: Julien Duvivier in the Thirties

By Michael Koresky November 05, 2015

Julien Duvivier’s early sound films offer emotionally rich explorations of life in prewar France. Read more »

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