Good Lord Without Confession

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Good Lord Without Confession
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Directed by Claude Autant-Lara
Written byClaude Autant-Lara
Roland Laudenbach
Ghislaine Autant-Lara
Based onMonsieur Dupont est mort by Paul Vialar
Produced by Joseph Bercholz
Starring Danielle Darrieux
Henri Vilbert
Claude Laydu
Cinematography André Bac
Edited by Madeleine Gug
Music by René Cloërec
Les Films Gibé
Distributed by Pathé Consortium Cinéma
Release date
4 September 1953
Running time
105 minutes
Language French

Good Lord Without Confession (French: Le Bon Dieu sans confession) is a 1953 French drama film directed by Claude Autant-Lara and starring Danielle Darrieux, Henri Vilbert and Claude Laydu. [1] [2] It was shot at the Francoeur Studios in Paris. The film's sets were designed by the art director Max Douy. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 1953 and went on general release in France the following month. Henri Vilbert won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor for his performance.



At the funeral of François Dupont, his various associates walk in the procession including his wife, children, business partner and mistress Janine. The various characters recall their experiences with the deceased. In flashback we see Janine's relationship with Dupont, and how she had manipulated and exploited him through the turbulent years of the Occupation and Liberation. Ultimately her machinations fail and she loses the man she really loves, her husband Maurice.


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  1. Biggs p.46
  2. Walker-Morrison p.223