Fin du jour (La). Dir. Julien Duvivier (1939)

Nathalie CROUAU

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English Synopsis

After they retire from the stage, French actors in reduced circumstances can find refuge in a former abbey turned into an old people’s home reserved for them. This is where Marny, a talented classical actor who never found his audience, and Cabrissade, a failed actor who remained an understudy for his whole career, seem doomed to bicker daily for the remainder of their life. The arrival of the acclaimed actor and notorious womanizer Saint-Clair throws the abbey into turmoil. Many years ago, Marny’s wife fell for Saint-Clair’s charm and left him. Some time after that, she died rather suddenly and mysteriously in a hunting accident. Marny’s suspicions and jealousy of Saint-Clair are heightened when the latter starts courting a young girl named Jeannette who works at the local inn. All his worries are confirmed when Saint-Clair convinces Jeannette to kill herself out of love for him. Marny stops her just in time and discovers that Saint-Clair is insane when he starts ranting and raving like Dom Juan awaiting the statue of the Commander.


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