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The Devil and the Angel aka La Foire aux Chimeres 1946
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The Devil and the Angel aka La Foire aux Chimeres 1946
The Devil and the Angel aka La Foire aux Chimeres 1946
The Devil and the Angel aka La Foire aux Chimeres 1946
The Devil and the Angel aka La Foire aux Chimeres 1946

The Devil and the Angel aka La Foire aux Chimeres 1946

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The Devil and the Angel aka La Foire aux Chimeres 1946


Erich von Stroheim ... Frank Davis
Madeleine Sologne ... Jeanne
Jean-Jacques Delbo ... Lenoir
Margo Lion ... Marie-Louise
Annette Poivre ... La remplaçante
Line Renaud
Louis Salou ... Furet
Yves Vincent ... Lenoir

A word from an expert on the subject: dbmonteil of the IMDb:

"La Foire aux chimères" is a jewel, a sparkling diamond. It would deserve one hundred comments, and that would not be enough.

Pierre Chenal was a film noir director who made moderately successful movies before the war: "L'Alibi" which featured von Stroheim too and his first version of "The Postman always rings twice ", "Le Dernier Tournant (1939). But the 1946 work is much superior, being at once a film noir, a baroque melodrama and a fairy tale.

Frank, a disfigured man (von Stroheim) meets at a fair a beautiful blind long-haired blonde Jeanne (Madeleine Sologne) who is a knives thrower's partner; this man, Robert, has a lover, Clara. Jeanne marries the ugly man, undergoes an operation and recovers sight. But,as says Marilou, Frank's housekeeper a proverb says "happiness is a misfortune you cannot see".

There are at least ten (and maybe more) memorable sequences; each one is actually a work of art. Even if the movie is close to the realisme poetique dear to Carné, Chenal transcends it and makes a movie which verges on fantastic: when Jeanne appears for the first time at the fair (la foire aux chimères =the dreams fair), she looks like a fairy, or an angel, the angel she plays in the small circus where Frank is the only spectator. The baroque house where von Stroheim hides his beloved wife is a splendor. It's also a trompe l'oeil.

1 hour 33 minutes

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