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Devil In The Flesh: 1946 (France)

Jacques Tati , Gerard Philipe , Claude Autant Lara  |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jacques Tati, Gerard Philipe, and Micheline Presle
  • Directors: Claude Autant Lara
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: France
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,806 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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With MICHELINE PRESLE, GERARD PHILIPE. Directed by CLAUDE AUTANT LARA. Back in the 1950s, Gerard Philipe was one of the hottest actors in French cinema. Sadly, he was soon dead of a heart attack at the age of 36. Nonetheless, his talent shines through brightly in this, the film which made him an international star. The time is the last days of World War I and Philipe plays Francois, a high school student whose interests are way beyond girls his own age. Francois becomes instantly smitten with Martha, an older woman who arrives in town to assist her mother as a nurse at the hospital which is next door to Francois school. Soldiers who have been wounded in battle are brought to this hospital directly from the front. As Francois and his classmates observe them, they are well aware that if the war continues, they too will soon be finding themselves among the wounded and the dead. At the same time, Francois zealously pursues the sensitive and tenderhearted Martha, even though she is engaged to marry a soldier. The boy does not let up even after Martha marries her fianc and he returns to battle. The story follows the evolving relationship between Francois and Martha and the result is an impassioned and deeply felt love story, a classic tale of tangled emotions and heartbreak. Because they place their feelings above all else, are Francois and Martha weak and selfish? Or should they be commended for attempting to cling to love in time of war and chaos? You decide. The story was re-made in 1987 as an X-rated, non-pornographic film, but was not nearly as moving as this version. Look for JACQUES TATI in a bit part as a soldier! One of the many highlights is a sensuous love scene by a fireplace, which director Claude Autant Lara partially repeats near the films finale - but for an entirely different effect! Dubbed in English. 121 minutes.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last -a copy of Autant-Lara's masterpiece. February 22, 2008
By weofme
I have been looking for a copy of this movie since VHS and DVDs were invented!It is a nice copy in a reasonable transfer. Only fly in the ointment is that it is dubbed-HOWEVER it is one of the most sympathetic examples of this "process" and was supervised by the director himself with Micheline Presle dubbing her own performance into English.Fans of Tati be warned--he was a friend of the director and played a tiny "guest" role---but don't let that stop you from buying this wonderful film-Presle and Gerard Phillipe give career-best performances.Take my advice and take advantage of this rarity--if you love great films ,you wont regret it!Oh and don't bother with the recent soft-porn version of this title.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Le Diable au Corps dubbed version March 17, 2009
I am still looking for a DVD or even video of the original French version of this wonderful film that I first saw in 1947(when I was 18) at the Continental cinema in London. I do have a video of it but to my disappointment it is a copy and dubbed in English with American accents. It did not completely ruin the film for me but I find myself anxious to see the original before my time is up (I did say I saw it in 1947 ... )
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very involving melodrama of a17 year old boy having an affair with a
woman in her late 20s during WW I, while her husband is away fighting
the war.

Strong and relatively restrained performances, some inventive visual
and audio techniques, and a much more libertarian and realistic
attitudes towards sex and passion then most films of its day out-weigh
the slightly inevitable feeling to the story's twists.

But the dubbing, while well done, is still dubbing, creating a slightly false
air to the delicate performances. Worth seeing, but even more worth
seeking out the original French version, which was available, with English
subtitles on among other places.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Devil of a Devil November 2, 2010
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This is one of my favorite movies. That beautiful man, Gerard Philipe, is a pleasure to watch. But this "copy"
is dreadful, almost unwatchable. I should have sent it back but it still wove a spell. Only watched it once. Want to buy it?
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