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Le chemin de Damas (1952)

Saul De Tarse is a Roman soldier who is making rough all over .He arrives at the Golgotha when the apostles remove the cross .He ruthlessly persecutes the Christians ,even though they are his own friends.

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Max Glass

Writers:

Max Glass (screenplay), Max Glass (story)
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Credited cast:
Michel Simon ... Caïphe
Jean-Marc Tennberg Jean-Marc Tennberg ... Saül de Tarse
Maurice Teynac Maurice Teynac ... Le Christ
Jacques Dufilho Jacques Dufilho ... Pierre
Claude Laydu ... Etienne
Antoine Balpêtré
Line Noro
François Chaumette François Chaumette
Guy Mairesse Guy Mairesse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Willy Braque Willy Braque
Gérard Buhr
Rivers Cadet Rivers Cadet
Roger Coggio
Monique Defrançois Monique Defrançois
Paul Demange
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Saul De Tarse is a Roman soldier who is making rough all over .He arrives at the Golgotha when the apostles remove the cross .He ruthlessly persecutes the Christians ,even though they are his own friends.After the stoning of Etienne , which he is responsible for,he feels something inside him is wrong.On his way to Damas ,consumed with fever ,he is struck down and goes blind.In the town ,he is shown the meaning of his blindness and his sacred mission is revealed .So begins Saint Paul's life. Written by dbdumonteil

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France

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 December 1952 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Weg nach Damaskus See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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By the time he gets to Damascus....
4 April 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

One of the rare attempts of the French cinema in the field of the sword and sandal genre .I was skeptical but I 've got to make amends:it's a very interesting movie,made with care .Saul De Tarse is a Roman soldier who is making rough all over .The screenwriters took some liberties with the Gospels :it's the apostles who found the open grave and not Mary Magdelene and her companions (a bit macho perhaps).

The acting is a little theatrical and most of the actors are not big names in the French cinema of the fifties ,with the exception of Michel Simon as Caiphas,and to a lesser extent,Jacques Dufilho and Claude Laydu .Jean-Marc Tennberg was a stage actor and his role of Saul is the only one I know in the movies.

Claude Laydu who portrays Saint Etienne is remembered for Bresson's "Journal D'Un Curé De Campagne" (and the series for little children "Bonne Nuit Les Petits" ).The stoning is a strong scene and has no cause to be jealous of Richard Fleischer's one in "Barraba" ten years later.The road to Damascus episode is particularly well made:we can't hear or see anything (no voice ,no Christ) .Saul (now calling himself Paul) tells us the story afterward.His dream is also a very good idea and it allows the director to show Paul's hard future.

It was a risky subject: the director put up a decent work.

NB:it was mooted that the movie was anti-Semitic;certainly not more than Ben Hur.Max Glass left Germany when Hitler rose to power.


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