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Jean-Pierre Melville - Les Enfants terribles (1949)

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Jean-Pierre Melville - Les Enfants terribles (1949)

Jean-Pierre Melville - Les Enfants terribles (1949)
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In this compelling tale of incestuous obsession, a teenage brother and sister create an intense, private world in their untidy shared single room. The intrusion of outsiders provokes tragedy. A hauntingly atmospheric film of Jean Cocteau's claustrophobic hothouse novel, for which he also wrote the screenplay. To his second film Melville contributed clear-eyed direction, the then-novel use of classical music for the score and the inspired casting of Renée Cosima in a dual role and from Nicole Stéphane Melville extracted an intense performance as the fiercely watchful sister. bfi.org.uk

Jean-Pierre Melville - Les Enfants terribles (1949)

Jean-Pierre Melville - Les Enfants terribles (1949)

Jean-Pierre Melville - Les Enfants terribles (1949)

Writer Jean Cocteau and director Jean-Pierre Melville joined forces for this elegant adaptation of Cocteau’s immensely popular, wicked novel about the wholly unholy relationship between a brother and sister. Elisabeth (a remarkable Nicole Stéphane) and Paul (Edouard Dermithe) close themselves off from the world by playing an increasingly intense series of mind games with the people who dare enter their lair—until romance and jealousy intrude. Melville’s operatic camera movements and Cocteau’s perverse, poetic approach to character merge in Les enfants terribles to create one of French cinema's greatest, and most surprising, meetings of the minds. criterion.com

Jean-Pierre Melville - Les Enfants terribles (1949)

Jean-Pierre Melville - Les Enfants terribles (1949)

Jean-Pierre Melville - Les Enfants terribles (1949)

Elisabeth is very protective of her teenage brother Paul, who is injured in a snowball fight at school and has to rest in bed most of the time. The siblings are inseparable, living in the same room, fighting, playing secret games, and rarely leaving the house; though Paul's friend Gerard often stays with them. One day Elisabeth brings home Agathe to live with them also. She bears a strong resemblance to Dargelos, a schoolboy whom Paul had a crush on, and who injured him. Paul and Agathe become attracted to each other, causing Elizabeth to be very jealous. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0042436/plotsummary)

Jean-Pierre Melville - Les Enfants terribles (1949)

Jean-Pierre Melville - Les Enfants terribles (1949)

Jean-Pierre Melville - Les Enfants terribles (1949)

Jean Cocteau – poet, novelist, dramatist, artist, musician – was a leading figure in the Surrealist movement. In addition to his popular novel Les Enfants Terribles (1929). (amazon.com)

Jean-Pierre Melville - Les Enfants terribles (1949)

Jean-Pierre Melville - Les Enfants terribles (1949)

Jean-Pierre Melville - Les Enfants terribles (1949)

Based in a adaptation of Jean Cocteau, Melville explores with all the possible realism, the incest between children and their adult behavior. Those human beings in progress act and show the so many times exposed in adult dramas, but it is a difficult mirror image to watch because it reveals us the abominable repulsion and painful distortion of values. Extraordinary and unforgettable film that has endured and remained as a rock in the middle of the storm. (amazon.com)

Jean-Pierre Melville - Les Enfants terribles (1949)

Jean-Pierre Melville - Les Enfants terribles (1949)

Jean-Pierre Melville - Les Enfants terribles (1949)

Cocteau's novel is gem of a book which deals with the power of make-believe to transport the characters into worlds of their own making. Specifically, Les Enfants Terribles tells the story of a brother and sister who, after the death of their mother, create a sanctuary in one enchanted room and via their active imaginations. These fantasies become the axis on which their lives revolve until it spirals out of control and ends in a climax befitting a Greek tragedy. Reading this book is like reliving a fever dream in which the reality and fantasy blur. (amazon.com)

Jean-Pierre Melville - Les Enfants terribles (1949)

Jean-Pierre Melville - Les Enfants terribles (1949)

Jean-Pierre Melville - Les Enfants terribles (1949)