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Les Visiteurs du Soir (1942)

Les Visiteurs du Soir




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Originally released in 1942 as Les Visiteurs du Soir, The Devil's Envoys is another masterful collaboration between actress Arletty, writer Jacques Prevert and director Marcel Carne, who would team up one year later for the brilliant Les Enfants Du Paradis. The film is predicated on the 15th century French legend, wherein the Devil, disturbed by the encroaching forces of Good, sends his envoys to Earth to drive the citizens to despair. The Devil, played by Jules Berry in a subtly Hitler-like fashion (a chancy artistic decision in the days of the Occupation), is thwarted when his agents are unable to overcome the power of true love. Even after the lovers are turned to stone for defying His Satanic Majesty, their hearts continue to beat for each other.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Jacques Prevert, Pierre Laroche
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 18, 2012
Criterion Collection


as Dominique
Alain Cuny
as Gilles
Jules Berry
as Le diable
Fernand Ledoux
as Baron Hugues
Gabriel Gabrio
as La Bourreau
Marcel Herrand
as Chevalier Renaud
Pierre Labry
as Le Gros Seignor
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Critic Reviews for Les Visiteurs du Soir

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

The dialogue gets increasingly lachrymose, and the slow pace begins to take its toll. Wonderful performances, though, and graced with an undeniable visual splendour.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

An eerie and often beautiful medieval fantasy parable.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

A lavish spectacle with a very simple love-conquers-all theme.

Full Review… | January 9, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

October 21, 2005

June 13, 2005

Audience Reviews for Les Visiteurs du Soir

A bit odd at first as these Middle Ages have a strong 1940s taste and the dialogs often sound artificial, but the story is beautiful. There are several good scenes even though it is often border line mushy. Special mention to Jules Berry who is a wonderful devil.

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