Claude Autant-Lara

Lettres d’amour

Lettres d’amour

A deceptive lightness distinguishes this farcical second feature made by Claude Autant-Lara while Germany occupied France. During the reign of Napoléon III, a plucky businesswoman (Odette Joyeux) agrees to receive love letters to a prefect’s wife from a young official, and soon finds herself embroiled in a scandal that inflames a town’s class tensions. A transporting period piece with ornate costumes by Christian Dior, Lettres d’amour paints a blithely pointed portrait of life in a highly stratified society.

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Lettres d’amour
Cast
Odette Joyeux
Zélie Fontaine
François Périer
François du Portal
Julien Carette
Loriquet
Simone Renant
Hortense
Jean Debucourt
Emperor Napoléon III
Jean Parédès
Désiré Ledru, lawyer
Robert Vattier
Counselor Boubousson
Louis Salou
Baron de Mortemort
André Alerme
The Marquis of Longeviale
Robert Arnoux
La Jacquerie
Credits
Director
Claude Autant-Lara
Adapted from the story by
Henry Aurenche
Adaptation by
Maurice Blondeau
Scenario and dialogue by
Jean Aurenche
Cinematography by
Philippe Agostini
Production design by
Robert Dumesnil
Art direction by
Jacques Krauss
Costume design by
Christian Dior
Editing by
Yvonne Martin
Music by
Maurice Yvain

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