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A Song of Love (1950)

Un chant d'amour (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Fantasy, Romance | 1950 (France)
Two prisoners in complete isolation, separated by the thick brick walls, and desperately in need of human contact, devise a most unusual kind of communication.

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Older Prisoner (uncredited)
Jean Genet ...
Prisoner in Duo Fantasy (uncredited)
Java ...
Nude Prisoner / Hand swinging the blossom (uncredited)
Coco Le Martiniquais ...
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André Reybaz ...
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Lucien Sénémaud ...
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Inmates in a French prison are attempting to fulfill their sexual and emotional needs under the confines of their individual cells. Two inmates in particular, who are in adjacent cells, try to make that connection to the other, both physical and emotional, in whatever way they can. In their current attempt to do so, they are so caught up in the fulfillment they receive of that connection that they fail to notice that a voyeuristic guard has been watching them through the small peep holes in their otherwise solid cell doors. The guard was tipped to the activity by one of the two men trying to pass a bouquet of wild flowers to the other via their barred cell windows. The guard confronts one of the inmates. Although their encounter is primarily violently physical, each man copes with the situation by fantasizing about what is truly in his heart. Written by Huggo

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Short | Fantasy | Romance

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Trivia

The producer Nikos Papatakis assigned the film to a Distributor, who got it registered in France - visa # 44127 of March 14, 1975. The film, with a musical score, and a few cuts by the producer, was shown at the Cinémathèque Française, and applied for, and won a money prize as a new, quality film from the jury of the CNC (Centre national de la cinématographie). Jean Genet, who had directed and edited the film, and even participated briefly in one scene, was not happy with this. See more »

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Passion pit of a prison
27 September 2002 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Genet's only film is a stunner. A short glimpse into the existence of a tortured soul.It must have elicited some gasps in 1950. If I was gay I would probably watch this film every week. I'm not, so let's just say that the images will haunt me for the rest of my days...


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