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Coeur de Lilas (1932) Anatole Litvak; Jean Gabin, Marcelle Romee
Coeur de Lilas (1932) Anatole Litvak; Jean Gabin, Marcelle Romee


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In French with English subtitles. Also known as Lilac.

Directed by Anatole Litvak. When the owner of a factory is found dead, one of his employees is charged with his murder. Detective André Lucot is not convinced of the accused man's guilt and is persuaded that the real culprit is an attractive 25 year old woman named Lilas. He gains the confidence of the reticent young woman, who is living among hardened criminals and prostitutes in a slum inn. As their friendship turns to love, Lucot becomes convinced that Lilas is innocent. Then Lilas reveals her devastating secret...

The film features a haunting performance from Marcelle Romée, a young actress who is all but forgotten today. She plays the vulnerable heroine Lilas, opposite lead actor André Luguet. Romée's promising film career was cut short when she committed suicide a year after making this film, adding a tragic note to the film's poignant conclusion. Legendary actor Jean Gabin also stars in the film, a few years before he became immortalized as the popular tragic hero in films such as Pepe le Moko and La Belle Équipe. Gabin appears here in an a somewhat atypical role - a rather brutish roughneck always looking for a fight.

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5 of 5 Latest of many purchases August 10, 2019
Reviewer: John Warthen from Vidalia, GA United States  
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4 of 5 Coeur de Lilas September 2, 2015
Reviewer: Bruce Beresford from Los Angeles, CA United States  
I didn't expect much from this film and was surprised at the skilled direction by Litvak, the gripping story & marvellous acting. It has none of the static quality of most early sound films.

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