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The final films

Christopher Lloyd

in Henri-Georges Clouzot

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780719070143
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701065 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719070143.003.0036
The final films

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This chapter illustrates the last films of Clouzot, Le Mystère Picasso and Les Espions, through which Clouzot tried to renew himself. Though critics noted these innovations with varying degrees of approval, neither film drew large audiences. La Vérité, released in November 1960, returns to a more familiar, conventional manner. This well-crafted courtroom melodrama, ably supported by the director's stalwarts Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel and Louis Seigner, proved to be the second most popular French film of the year, attracting 5.6 million viewers. It was awarded the Grand prix du cinéma français, and an Oscar for best foreign film in 1961. La Vérité achieved one of the highest ever first-run attendance figures of over half a million viewers. The contribution of four female writers to the screenplay of the film explains La Vérité's sympathetic and sensitive treatment of the character driven to commit murder and then suicide in her quest for sexual freedom and love, and condemned by a patriarchal and prurient legal system.

Keywords: final films; Le Mystère Picasso; Les Espions; La Vérité; legal system; Oscar

Chapter.  8714 words. 

Subjects: Film

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