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Feu Mathias Pascal (1937)

L'homme de nulle part (original title)
Mathias Pascal, saddled with a stupid wife and a nagging mother-in-law, leaves home and is extremely lucky at several gambling resorts. He returns home and discovers that a drowned man, ... See full summary »

Director:

Pierre Chenal

Writers:

Luigi Pirandello (play), Pierre Chenal (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Blanchar ... Mathias Pascal / Adrien Meis
Isa Miranda ... Louise Paléari
Catherine Fonteney Catherine Fonteney ... La veuve Pescatore (as Catherine Fontenay de la Comédie Française)
Ginette Leclerc ... Romilda Pescatore Pascal
Maximilienne Maximilienne ... Tante Scholastique
Palau ... Le chevalier Titus
Marcel Vallée ... Le maire
Charles Granval ... Octavio Meis (as Granval)
Pierre Alcover ... Malagna
Charlotte Barbier-Krauss Charlotte Barbier-Krauss ... Angelica Bonafede Pascal (as Mme Barbier-Krauss)
Jean Hébey Jean Hébey ... Pomino (as Jean Hebey)
René Génin René Génin ... L'ivrogne (as Genin)
Georges Douking ... Le domestique simplet de la pension (as Douking)
Marcel Lupovici Marcel Lupovici ... Béraldez (as Lupovici)
Gaston Dupray Gaston Dupray ... Le directeur du journal
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Storyline

Mathias Pascal, saddled with a stupid wife and a nagging mother-in-law, leaves home and is extremely lucky at several gambling resorts. He returns home and discovers that a drowned man, fished out of the river, bears an uncanny likeness to him and is being buried by his family as him. This, to him, is a pleasant turn of events and he goes to Rome, where he falls in love with Louise Paleari. Count Papiano, a jealous suitor of Louise's, threatens him with arrest unless he produces credentials to prove his identity. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 November 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Feu Mathias Pascal See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Pierre Chenal initially worked on the screenplay with writer Armand Salacrou but the two men failed to agree on the mood and style envisaged by the director. Chenal engaged instead the distinguished poet and playwright Roger Vitrac. Salacrou's name remained in the credits while Vitrac's appeared only as additional dialogue writer. See more »

Goofs

When Pascal is in the railroad station (in the 177 minute version of the film) the train is standing still and pointed right. When the train moves, it goes to the left. Both shots show the train on the same track nearest the platform. See more »

Quotes

Mathias Pascal, alias Anton Meis: Hello, Auntie. Isn't life wonderful?
Scholastique: Life? Wonderful? You silly!
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Remake of The Living Dead Man (1926) See more »

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Deux pigeons s'aimaient d'amour tendre
Sung by Margo Lion
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He's a real nowhere man...
14 April 2008 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

don't know where he's going to Isn't he a bit like me and you?

At a time when remakes show up at such a speed that pretty soon you won't be able to tell if a movie is an original ,this is good news to write that "L'Homme de Nulle Part" is a good ,nay excellent remake .A first silent version was filmed by Marcel L herbier in 1924 as "Feu Mathias Pascal" based on the same Pirandello play.Today's audience will find the talkie much more palatable,in spite of a watered down ending.

The Pirandellesque subject was so exciting it probably inspired writers such as Patricia Highsmith when she wrote "the talented mister Ripley" or William Irish's "no man of her own" .The movie is in turn a comedy, a melodrama,a ghost story ,a detective story,you name it..With an exceptionally good cast including Pierre Blanchard (Mathias alias Adrien) ,Le Vigan (the count;he only appears halfway through so be patient),Margo Lion ("Caporal" who enjoys séances in the dark),Ginette Leclerc (the bad wife) ,Isa Miranda (Louise the gorgeous romantic young girl).If they had kept Michel Simon (silent version) for the part of Sinoel ,it would have been the most perfect cast you could have dreamed of.Sinoel is the only character which underwent some changes.In the silent version ,Michel Simon portrayed the good pal ,who really wanted to help his unfortunate friend .Chenal made him a coward,a selfish oaf.

Most of the plot follows the 1924 version: the wedding,the bad news (you are broke and you did not tell me so before !) ,Leclerc lying on her bed and refusing to give herself to her husband,the Casino episode,the boarding-house where the hero find loves ,the come back..

But the best scene remains the funeral.Haven't you ever thought of attending your own funeral?Hypocrisy was rarely given a better depiction with the two women (the wife and the mother-in-law )weeping all along the way to the graveyard.

Pierre Chenal had always said it was his favorite movie.I do not agree with him,though,for I have always thought that "La Foire Aux Chimères" was his absolute masterpiece .Both deal with humiliated men and a certain misogyny ("L'Homme de Nulle Part" features two loyal women though)


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