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Thunder Over Paris (1940)

Tempête (original title)


Dominique Bernard-Deschamps (as Bernard Deschamps)


Dominique Bernard-Deschamps (screenplay) (as Bernard Deschamps), André Cayatte (dialogue) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Arletty ... Ida
Marcel Dalio ... Barel (as Dalio)
Annie Ducaux ... Jeanne Desmarets
Erich von Stroheim ... Korlick
Henri Bry Henri Bry ... Albert Pélissier
Henri Guisol ... Charlie
Jacques Louvigny Jacques Louvigny ... Auguste (as Louvigny)
Jacqueline Prévot Jacqueline Prévot ... Yvonne
Julien Carette ... L'épicier (as Carette)
Jean Debucourt ... Gerlier (as Debucourt)
André Luguet ... Pierre Desmarets
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Blanche Denège Blanche Denège ... La buraliste
Henri Marchand Henri Marchand ... Le badaud bègue
Yvonne Yma ... La serveuse


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Release Date:

27 June 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tempête sur Paris See more »

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Production Co:

Belgatos See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Barel and Korlick struggle over the gun and it goes off while obviously pointed at the floor. Korlick immediately clutches his heart and falls to the ground, and blood is soon seen coming from his chest. See more »


Referenced in What War May Bring (2010) See more »

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An acting tour de force.
15 June 1999 | by pf9See all my reviews

One of the best of von Stroheim's French films this side of "La Grande Illusion". He portrays a world-class charlatan who, freshly back from a 1938 one million dollar New York scam, (straightening, in blackface under the name of Carter, the hair of Harlem residents), resurfaces in Paris under the name of Korlick to sell shares in a development of the seaside of a yet to be created sea in the Sahara. French police are after him and the inspector in charge of his case (Andre Luguet) is married, you guessed it, to Stroheim's beloved daughter (Annie Ducaux). The police get their evidence against Korlick from a blackmailer (Marcel Dalio) with unsuspecting help from his singer mistress (the incomparable Arletty). This whole improbable story ends in a truly remarkable scene. Very much in the spirit of the "cinema de qualite", this movie is an acting tour de force. The story, in spite of its outrageousness, works at some operatic level. The father-daughter relation is reminiscent of and no less moving than that of Rigoletto and Gilda. Again, "La Grande Illusion" it is not, but then Bernard Deschamps, its "auteur", was certainly no Jean Renoir.

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