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Les Visiteurs du Soir

Genres: Foreign, Fantasy, Romance, Medieval Times, Period Pieces, French Cinema, Criterion Collection

Cast: Arletty, Marie Dea, Fernand Ledoux, Alain Cuny, Pierre Labry

Director: Marcel Carne

Synopsis: A work of poetry and dark humor, LES VISITEURS DU SOIR is a lyrical medieval fantasy from the great French director Marcel Carné (Children of Paradise). Two strangers (Children of Paradise's Arletty and La dolce vita's Alain Cuny), dressed as minstrels, arrive at a castle in advance of court festivities—and it is revealed that they are actually emissaries of the devil himself, dispatched to spread heartbreak and suffering. Their plans, however, are thwarted by an unexpected intrusion: human love. Often interpreted as an allegory for the Nazi occupation of France, during which it was made, LES VISITEURS DU SOIR—wittily written by Jacques Prévert (Children of Paradise) and Pierre Laroche (Lumière d'été), and elegantly designed by Alexandre Trauner (Port of Shadows) and shot by Roger Hubert (Children of Paradise)—is a moving and whimsical tale of love conquering all.

Language: French

Country of Origin: France

Production Year: 1942


  • "Eerie and often beautiful.", Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
  • "Wonderful performances... Graced with an undeniable visual splendor.", Tom Milne, Time Out

Les Visiteurs du Soir
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