La Poison

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  • Genre(s): Comedy Crime
  • Release year: 1951
  • Running time: 85 min
The writer, actor, and director Sacha Guitry emerged from the theater to become one of France’s best-known and most inventive filmmakers, and La poison marked his first major collaboration with another titan of the screen, the incomparably expressive Michel Simon. read more

The writer, actor, and director Sacha Guitry emerged from the theater to become one of France’s best-known and most inventive filmmakers, and La poison marked his first major collaboration with another titan of the screen, the incomparably expressive Michel Simon. With Guitry’s witty dialogue and fleet pacing, this black comedy is the quintessential depiction of a marriage gone sour: after thirty years together, a village gardener (Simon) and his wife (Germaine Reuver) find themselves contemplating how to do away with each other, with the former even planning how he’ll negotiate his eventual criminal trial. Inspired by Guitry’s own post–World War II tangle with the law—a wrongful charge of collaborationism—La poison is a blithely caustic broadside against the French legal system and a society all too eager to capitalize on the misfortunes of others.

Original Release

11/30/1951

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Cast

Michel Simon Paul Louis Victor Braconnier
Jean Debucourt Maître Aubanel
Jacques Varennes Le procureur
Germaine Reuver Blandine Braconnier (as Madame Reuver)
Marcelle Arnold Germaine Chevillard
Georges Bever Mr Gaillard
Nicolas Amato Victor (as Amato)
Jeanne Fusier-Gir La fleuriste
Pauline Carton La mercière
Albert Duvaleix L'abbé Méthivier (as Duvaleix)
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Sacha Guitry

Writers

Sacha Guitry

Cast

Michel Simon Paul Louis Victor Braconnier
Jean Debucourt Maître Aubanel
Jacques Varennes Le procureur
Germaine Reuver Blandine Braconnier (as Madame Reuver)
Marcelle Arnold Germaine Chevillard
Georges Bever Mr Gaillard
Nicolas Amato Victor (as Amato)
Jeanne Fusier-Gir La fleuriste
Pauline Carton La mercière
Albert Duvaleix L'abbé Méthivier (as Duvaleix)
Henry Laverne Le président
Jacques de Féraudy Jean Brun
Jacques Derives Jules
Louis de Funès André
Luce Fabiole Amélie - la servante du curé
Yvonne Hébert Julie
Roger Poirier Un geôlier (as Poirier)
André Dalibert Le gendarme (as Dalibert)
Max Dejean L'épicier (as Dejean)
Michel Nastorg Le brigadier (as Nastorg)

Producers

Alain Poiré Executive Producer
Jean Le Duc Executive Producer
Paul Wagner Producer

Editors

Raymond Lamy

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