La belle équipe

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La belle équipe
La belle équipe 1936.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Julien Duvivier
Written by Julien Duvivier
Charles Spaak
Starring Jean Gabin
Charles Vanel
Raymond Aimos
Viviane Romance
Music by Maurice Yvain
Release date(s) September 1936
Running time 101 minutes
Country France

La belle équipe is a French film, directed by Julien Duvivier, and released in 1936. The script was written by Duvivier and Charles Spaak. Music was by Maurice Yvain - the song Quand on s'promène au bord de l'eau, sung by Jean Gabin was written by Duvivier, Maurice Yvain and Louis Poterat. Interiors were shot at the Studios de Joinville in Joinville-le-Pont, Val-de-Marne, with exteriors at Chennevières-sur-Marne.

Plot[edit]

Five unemployed Parisian workers, Jeannot (Jean Gabin), Charlot (Charles Vanel), Raymond, called Tintin (Raymond Aimos), Jacques (Charles Dorat), and a foreigner Mario (Raphaël Médina), who is threatened with expulsion, win the main prize in the National Lottery. One of them, Jeannot, has the idea of putting the money together so the group can buy an old suburban wash house in ruins, that they will transform into a guinguette - a dancing and refreshment café in the country. They will be equal co-owners. They get down to realizing the project with confidence. But the solidarity of the group proves fragile. Soon enough the group is reduced to just Charles and Jean - who are in love with the same woman, Gina (Viviane Romance). The ending, judged too pessimistic, was re-made.

Critical reception[edit]

"Critics have associated the film with the rise and demise of the Popular Front. Duvivier was certainly not of the Left. The film was made in June and July 1936 and coincided with the early days of the Léon Blum government and the strikes calling for better conditions. It should be pointed out nonetheless that Duvivier's portrayal of male friendship gradually being eroded by a woman and by desire for that woman was canonical by 1936, so the film does not limit itself to that reading. If the men in Duvivier's film do not get to fulfil their dream of setting up their guinguette it is because, while economically they can be solidaires - as one, sexually they cannot.On a first level of reading, therefore, it is sex before politics that drives the narrative." [1]

Selected cast[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Susan Hayward French National Cinema ISBN 0-415-30783-X

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