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|Directed by||Georges Franju|
|Produced by||Eugène Lépicier|
|Written by|| François Mauriac (novel /script)|
|Starring|| Emmanuelle Riva |
|Music by||Maurice Jarre|
|Cinematography|| Raymond Heil |
|Edited by||Gilbert Natot|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox (Fr.)|
Thérèse Desqueyroux is a 1962 French film directed by Georges Franju, based on the novel of the same name by François Mauriac. Written by Franju and François Mauriac and Claude Mauriac, it stars Emmanuelle Riva and Philippe Noiret. Riva won Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival, the Étoile de Cristal award for Best Actress, and the Silver Goddess Award from the Mexican Cinema Journalists for her performance.
Thérèse is living in a provincial town, unhappily married to Bernard, a dull, pompous man whose only interest is preserving his family name and property. They live in an isolated country mansion surrounded by servants. Early in her marriage, her only comforts are her fondness for Bernard's pine-tree forest, which was her primary reason for marrying him, and her love for her sister-in-law and Bernard's half-sister, Anne. On Thérèse's honeymoon, she slipped away from Bernard's bed to throw away a letter from Anne in which Anne expressed her love for Jean, a Jewish student. Later, when Jean leaves Anne, Thérèse feels a sense of satisfaction and relief. However, Anne soon leaves. Desperately lonely and trapped, Thérèse accidentally learns that an increase in Bernard's medication makes him ill. While Anne nurses Thérèse's unwanted baby, Thérèse begins to experiment, taking advantage of his hypochondria and forgetfulness. Eventually she tries to poison him with arsenic, but the dose isn't fatal. Thérèse's forged prescriptions are then discovered. Thérèse is arrested, but Bernard refuses to press charges. She is acquitted when Bernard perjures himself for her at the trial and her politically influential father bribes a court official. On the way back to the country estate, she tries to think of an explanation to offer to Bernard. Unable to give Bernard a proper explanation, she allows Bernard to place her in a prison of his own devising. He locks her in a bedroom and allows her only cigarettes and wine, as she slowly wastes away. Much later, he frees her for a party at which the family gathers to meet Anne's new husband, and their friends are shocked at her sickly appearance and deterioration. Bernard then moves her to Paris. Still hoping to learn the motives for her crime, he listens to further explanations, but he cannot understand. The movie recounts in flashback the circumstances that led to her being charged with poisoning her husband.
The film was shot at Studios Franstudio in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France. The exterior part of the film was shot at Gironde, France.
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Long after the film's original release, in February 2005, the French soundtrack record label Play Time released the soundtrack on Compact Disc along with other soundtracks performed by Jarre. This also includes soundtracks from other Franju films, including Head Against the Wall and Eyes Without a Face .
All music is composed by Maurice Jarre.
|1.||"Générique / Surprise-partie"||La Tête contre les Murs||4:30|
|2.||"Thème de Stéphanie"||La Tête contre les Murs||4:30|
|3.||"Enterrement à l’asile"||La Tête contre les Murs||2:44|
|4.||"Générique"||Eyes Without a Face||2:05|
|5.||"Thème romantique"||Eyes Without a Face||2:50|
|6.||"Filature"||Eyes Without a Face||1:23|
|7.||"Des phares dans la nuit"||Eyes Without a Face||3:32|
|8.||"Valse poursuite"||Eyes Without a Face||1:45|
|9.||"Final"||Eyes Without a Face||1:01|
|12.||"Thérèse Desqueyroux"||Thérèse Desqueyroux||2:50|
|13.||"La femme idéale"||Les Dragueurs||2:36|
|14.||"La ballade des dragueurs"||Les Dragueurs||2:47|
|15.||"Surboum chez Ghislaine"||Les Dragueurs||2:01|
|16.||"L'oiseau de paradis"||L'Oiseau de Paradis||2:48|
|17.||"L'univers d'Utrillo"||Un court-métrage de Georges Régnier||4:44|
|18.||"Générique"||Le Soleil dans l’œil||2:28|
|19.||"Thème"||Mort, où est ta Victoire ?||3:30|
|20.||"Valse de Platonov"||Recours en Grâce||3:50|
|21.||"Les animaux (générique)"||Les Animaux||1:20|
|22.||"Pavane des flamands roses"||Les Animaux||2:43|
|23.||"La fête"||Les Animaux||2:18|
|24.||"Surf des loutres"||Les Animaux||1:59|
|25.||"Mourir à Madrid"||Mourir à Madrid||4:21|
|26.||"Générique"||Week-End à Zuydcoote||2:28|
|27.||"Sergent Maillat"||Week-End à Zuydcoote||3:10|
|28.||"Final"||Week-End à Zuydcoote||1:29|
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