Prey for the Shadows

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Prey for the Shadows
La Proie pour l'ombre.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Alexandre Astruc
Written byAlexandre Astruc
Claude Brulé
Françoise Sagan
Produced by Edmond Ténoudji
Cinematography Marcel Grignon
Edited byGhislaine Desjonquères
Denise de Casabianca
Music byRichard Cornu
Jean-Sébastien Bach
Les Films Marceau
Distributed byMarceau-Cocinor
Release date
  • 14 April 1961 (1961-04-14)
Running time
95 minutes

Prey for the Shadows (French : La Proie pour l'ombre) is a 1961 French drama film directed by Alexandre Astruc, starring Annie Girardot, Daniel Gélin and Christian Marquand. It is also known as Shadow of Adultery. The original screenplay was written by Astruc, Claude Brulé and Françoise Sagan. [1] The film was released on 14 April 1961. It had 620,504 admissions in France. [2]



The movie centers on the story of a woman who runs an art gallery and leaves her husband for another man, whom she eventually also leaves but becomes dependent on.



Alexandre Astruc described the main character as "a woman who feels in herself a very real need for freedom that is as much moral as social so that she sets about matching a man's work; but at the same time, because she is a woman, she feels the need to be passive, dominated, submissive." [1]


The film was produced by Les Films Marceau in collaboration with Cocinor - Comptoir Cinématographique du Nord. It was shot from 20 July to 31 August 1960. [3]

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