Cela s'appelle l'aurore
|Cela s'appelle l'aurore|
|Directed by||Luis Buñuel|
|Produced by||Edmond Ténoudji
|Written by||Jean Ferry
Based on a novel by Emmanuel Roblès
|Distributed by||Les Films Marceau
|9 May 1956 (France)|
In a small town in the south of France, Dr. Valerio is committed to caring for the poor. His young wife, Angela, cannot stand the place and wants to move to Nice, but the doctor does not want to leave before finding a replacement. Valerio is sympathetic to the working poor of the area, particularly Sandro, a farm worker who maintains the trees belonging to Gorzone, a rich industrialist and the primary employer in the town. Angela becomes ill and wanders the town's slum quarters in a delirium, ultimately leaving the town for a holiday without her husband. The Commissioner of Police takes Valerio to a mountain village in order to sign medical reports for a little girl who had been raped by her grandfather. There, Valerio meets Clara, a rich young widow. He considers a menage a trois, but is rebuffed. Meanwhile, Sandro is dismissed by Gorzone, forcing Sandro and his tubercular wife, Magda, to leave their home, a move that results in Magda's death. Distracted by grief, Sandro shoots Gorzone. Valerio hides Sandro from the police, a decision that results in Angela leaving the doctor for good. Sandro leaves Valerio's protection and, when cornered by the authorities, shoots himself. Valerio refuses to shake hands with the Commissioner, and the last scene shows Valerio and Clara walking away at night, arm in arm on the quayside, followed by some of Sandro's cronies.
Film critic Raymond Durgnat has called this film the first of Buñuel's "revolutionary triptych", along with La Mort en ce jardin and La fièvre monte à El Pao: "Each of these films is, openly, or by implication, a study in the morality and tactics of armed revolution against a right-wing dictatorship."
|Georges Marchal||Doctor Valerio|
|Julien Bertheau||Commissioner Fasaro|
|Giani Esposito||Sandro Galli|
|Simone Paris||Mrs. Gorzone|
|Gaston Modot||Sandro's replacement|
- Cela s'appelle l'aurore at the Internet Movie Database