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Grisou (1938)

In a mining village ,where life is very hard , man never sees the sun .

Director:

Maurice de Canonge

Writers:

Pierre Brasseur (dialogue), Pierre Brasseur (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Pierre Brasseur ... Hagnauer
Madeleine Robinson ... La Loute
Odette Joyeux ... Madeleine
Raymond Aimos Raymond Aimos ... Demuysère, un mineur
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bernard Blier ... Le fils Mélée
Félix Claude Félix Claude ... Le petit garçon
Edouard Davesnes ... Le porion
Arthur Devère Arthur Devère ... Carbouille
Lucien Gallas Lucien Gallas ... Tony
Germaine Michel Germaine Michel ... La mère Mélée
Pierre Péres Pierre Péres
René Rocher René Rocher ... La Villette
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The story takes place in a mining village ,where life is very hard ,where man never sees the sun (alternate title is "men without sun" )where heightened passions (because of the danger which never leaves the miners)lead to violence (Hagnauer) ,selfishness and cowardice ( Tony who works in the office) and to a desperate resignation (Demuysère). Women are evil ,except when they are mothers :the Melée boy ,under an over possessive mother's thumb ,will perhaps be the only one to find happiness in the marriage ;but the price to pay is high:he wanted to work in an office ,but his mum did want him to become a miner ("you shall be a miner ,like your father and grandfather were,it's like a dynasty!"). Written by dbdumonteil

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Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 May 1938 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Les hommes sans soleil See more »

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Films Albatros See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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27 December 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This movie was shown in the theaters with a "new " cast and credits during the occupation days:all the Jewish names were masked ;the restored copy provides the two cast and credits one after the other ,beginning with the infamous one.

It's a melodrama which,although it was made before Vichy ,tends to show that work is to be taken over love affairs ,and that women (here represented by a young Madeleine Robinson )are evil ,except when they are mothers :the Melée boy (Bernard Blier),under an over possessive mother's thumb ,will perhaps be the only one to find happiness in the marriage ;but the price to pay is high:he wanted to work in an office ,but his mum did want him to become a miner ("you shall be a miner ,like your father and grandfather were,it's like a dynasty!").

The story takes place in a mining village ,where life is very hard ,where man never sees the sun (alternate title is "men without sun" )where heightened passions (because of the danger which never leaves the miners)lead to violence (Pierre Brasseur) ,selfishness and cowardice (Lucien Gallas as Tony who works in the office) and to a desperate resignation (Aimos).

Based on a play written by actor Pierre Brasseur,it's a pessimistic work,tinged with misogyny .Madeleine Robinson plays the part of the adulteress ,she looks more like Simone Signoret than Viviane Romance,the specialist of this kind of role in the French cinema.

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