Love and Desire

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Love and Desire
Love and Desire.jpg
Directed by
Written by
Based onLe désir et l'amour by Auguste Bailly
Produced by
Cinematography Michel Kelber
Edited by
Music by
  • Lais S.A.
  • Société Générale de Cinématographie
Distributed byLes Films Marceau
Release date
9 October 1951
Running time
80 minutes
  • France
  • Spain
Language French

Love and Desire (French: Le désir et l'amour) is a 1951 French-Spanish drama film directed by Henri Decoin and Luis María Delgado and starring Martine Carol, Antonio Vilar and Carmen Sevilla. [1] It was based on the 1929 novel of the same title by Auguste Bailly. [2]


It was shot at the Epinay Studios in Paris and on location in Madrid, Torremolinos and Malaga. The film's sets were designed by the art directors Julio Molina and René Renoux.


A French film crew are working on location in southern Spain. When the leading man refuses to swim across a river, his place is taken by a local man who is soon hired as a stuntman for the whole film. Much to the anger of his Spanish fiancée, he falls in love with the film's female star.


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