Les Enfants terribles (The Strange Ones) (1950)
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Adapted by Jean Cocteau from his own novel and directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, Les Enfants Terribles is set in motion when a sensitive youth, Paul (Edouard Dermit), is injured by a snowball flung by school bully Dargelos (Renée Cosima, an actress in male drag). The bully later reappears in the form of a young girl, Agathe (played again by Cosima), with whom Paul becomes infatuated. This arouses the displeasure of Paul's sister, Elisabeth (Nicole Stephane), who also harbors a carnal desire for
Jan 1, 1950 Wide
Jul 24, 2007
Arthur Mayer Edward Kingsley I
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Jean Cocteau has written the pic and delivers the commentary, which creates a gripping, dream-like attraction.
Unfortunately, the film's more poetic visual tendencies are frequently undermined by the unnecessary narration written and performed by Cocteau himself, which informs us of emotions and psychological states that are mostly evident on-screen.
One must admire the talents of Melville and Cocteau while watching the film, but the strongest emotions are arch and the biggest plot turns are silly.
The tension is between heightened whimsy and its vérité settings, or, more specifically, between Jean Cocteau's writing (an adaptation of his 1929 novel) and Jean-Pierre Melville's direction.
The film also unmistakably bears Cocteau's stamp, and he even directed one scene (at the beach) when Melville fell ill.
A fascinating collaboration between two of French cinema's great talents which, in its strange atmosphere, poetic dialogue and creepy tone, has lost none of its ability to shock or compel.
French cinema legends Jean-Pierre Melville and Jean Cocteau collaborated to cast a hypnotic spell.
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