1943 [FRENCH]


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Reviewed by dbdumonteil 8 / 10

Backward! the granddaddy of "Memento" !

Albert Valentin was the most promising (along with Clouzot) of the French directors during German Occupation.Like Clouzot's "le Corbeau" ,his film "la Vie de PLaisir" had problems after the Liberation.Whereas Clouzot could survive (and give us more masterpieces,two of which are currently in the IMDb top 250),Valentin almost gave up,and after two or three inconsequential works,contented himself with writing screenplays.

"Marie-Martine" was revolutionary :its form was completely new in 1943.Think of it!Three flashbacks ,which flout chronology ;the first one depicts recent events ,then the others are going backward in time .The construction of the movie is dazzling ,using different point of views ,and a lot of colorful supporting characters .Some kind of "puzzle of a downfall child" .But one should note ,that ,had the movie been chronologically edited ,it would have lost 75% of its appeal.French critic Jacques Lourcelles is not completely wrong when he writes that the structure was there to hide the triteness of the plot....But there are strong scenes (Marie-Martine and the mother superior) ,strong characters (Saturnin Fabre turns one of his best performances and his famous sentence "Tiens Ta Bougie....Droite!"=hold your candle...straight!" -repeated five times- has become one of the most celebrated lines of the French cinema ;some find sauciness in it),strong lines ("I wanted my goddaughter to be carefully taught so I put her in an orphanage") "Marie-Martine" although it had not the emotional power of "L'Entraineuse" was genuine experimental cinema and paved a reliable way for the next movie "la Vie de Plaisir" ,which was probably Valentin's peak.It is essential viewing for people interested in the evolution of the FRench cinema.

Reviewed by bob998 7 / 10

Memorable film

This film has been called a masterpiece by none other than Jean Tulard, so I watched it with a great deal of expectation: I found some wonderful performances and an assurance from the director Valentin in the way he handled the scrambling of plot elements. It isn't an easy film to watch, even for modern audiences accustomed to Memento and Amores Perros, since the characters' motivations shift in the minds of the audience.

Jean Debucourt as the father of the spurned girl is excellent (he's ready to falsify evidence to exculpate his daughter). Bernard Blier still had hair in 1942 and he's good as the young idealist in love with Marie-Martine. Saturnin Fabre plays Blier's uncle and has some wonderful lines about candles, as dbdumonteil noted. Jeanne Fusier-Gir as the chubby bookseller interested in erotica provides some fun. Only Renee Saint-Cyr as the unlucky heroine acts badly--I couldn't decide whether it was her fault or that of the scriptwriter. That was the only sour note of the viewing.

Reviewed by writers_reign 8 / 10

Time Was

It's quite possible that The Locket (1948) wouldn't have been made in the way it was - flashbacks within flashbacks - if Albert Valentin had not pioneered the technique five years earlier. Even if you're French and/or fluent in the language it's still something of a minefield but the skill is breathtaking and the performances more than competent with only Jules Berry - the owner of the Publishing House in Le Crime de Monsieur Lang, the 'victim' of Jean Gabin in Le Jour se leve and the Devil in Les Visiteurs du soir - being remotely familiar to non-French audiences but the strictly domestic actors/actresses - St Cyr in the title role who notched up a century (she died in 2004 aged 100) and Saturnin Fabre lend strong support. If ever a film was ripe for rediscovery this is it. Seek it out.

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