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The Best Part (1955)

La meilleure part (original title)
Philippe Morin, a young engineer passionate about his work, leads the construction of a huge dam in the High Alps. Like all the men who work on the building site, he gives the best part of ... See full summary »

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Yves Allégret
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Philipe ... Philippe Perrin - l'ingénieur en chef
Michèle Cordoue Michèle Cordoue ... Micheline - l'infirmière du chantier
Umberto Spadaro Umberto Spadaro ... Gino - un ouvrier piémontais
Georges Chamarat ... Lemoigne, le chef d'équipe (as Georges Chamarat Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Valeria Moriconi Valeria Moriconi ... Odette - la serveuse de la cantine
Olivier Hussenot Olivier Hussenot ... Colombin - le magasinier
Alberto Bonucci Alberto Bonucci ... Antoine
Jean Lefebvre ... Raymond - un ouvrier
Jean-Jacques Lécot Jean-Jacques Lécot ... Pasquier, un ingénieur
Michel François Michel François ... Le docteur Molinier
Robert Bazil Robert Bazil
Jess Hahn ... Karl - un mineur
Mohamed Ziani Mohamed Ziani ... Ali - un jeune ouvrier algérien
Augusto Mingione Augusto Mingione ... Pietro
Marcel Bozzuffi ... (as Marcel Bozzufi)
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Philippe Morin, a young engineer passionate about his work, leads the construction of a huge dam in the High Alps. Like all the men who work on the building site, he gives the best part of himself. Unfortunately, his health deteriorates but he refuses to follow the doctor's orders as well as the advice of Micheline, a young nurse who has fallen in love with him. However, driven by the evolution of his illness, Philippe finally makes up his mind to go down to the valley for a treatment. On the very day of his departure though, a young Arab worker gets killed in a rock crusher... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Drama

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 December 1955 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Correntes da Violência See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Italian censorship certificate # 20675delivered on 29-12-1955. See more »

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Damned Dam!
6 May 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Yves Allégret had already directed Gérard Philipe in "Les Orgueilleux" ,one of his best movies.But by the mid-fifties,his inspiration which had produced such classic films noirs as "Dédée d'Anvers" "Une Si Jolie Petite Plage " ,the highly superior "Manèges" and "les Orgueilleux" began to dry up.

Gerard Philippe as the star.Shot in color.And an American firm production.Wide screen.And a dam to build with Philipe as a sick engineer .You might think that with those assets, "La Meilleure Part" (all the men who work on the building site give the best part of themselves) is certainly an impressive work;unfortunately,such is not the case.Allégret substituted production techniques for soul ,building a bridge to his audience with his story of immigrated working men,but erecting a dam in front of them with empty words and an awfully desultory script.

It is a boring work.One wishes it had not come from Yves Allégret.


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