La symphonie fantastique

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La Symphonie fantastique is a 1942 French drama film by Christian-Jaque and produced by the German-controlled French film production company Continental Films. The film is based upon the life of the French composer Hector Berlioz. read more

La Symphonie fantastique is a 1942 French drama film by Christian-Jaque and produced by the German-controlled French film production company Continental Films. The film is based upon the life of the French composer Hector Berlioz. The title is taken from the five-movement programmatic Symphonie fantastique of 1830. The film lasts around 90 minutes and was first shown at the 'Normandie' cinema in Paris on 1 April 1942. The posters at the premiere contained the sub-title 'La Vie passionnée et glorieuse d'un génie' (which links with the quote from Hugo at the very end of the film). The French Bibliothèque du film (BiFi) contains an earlier draft plan for the film which envisaged a less realistic, more fantastic treatment of the story, entitled La Symphonie du rêve, with Pierre Fresnay in the central role. The cast included several members of the Comédie-Française (Barrault, Saint-Cyr, Seigner, Berthau, Delamare, Fonteney). Barrault took part in a BBC2 programme in 1969 on the centenary of the composer's death, as Berlioz again, and in the autobiographical Lélio, sequel to the symphony. Shortly after the film was released, Goebbels, having learnt of it, was displeased, considering it too patriotic and determined to summon the German producer Alfred Greven to Berlin to remind him that the French should only have light and superficial new films - and not cultivate French nationalism.

Original Release

04/01/1942

US Release

12/06/1947

Cast

Jean-Louis Barrault Hector Berlioz
Renée Saint-Cyr Marie Martin
Lise Delamare Harriet Smithson
Jules Berry Schlesinger
Bernard Blier Antoine Charbonnel
Gilbert Gil Louis Berlioz
Julien Bertheau Victor Hugo
Catherine Fonteney Madame Berlioz / Madame Berlioz mère
Noël Roquevert
Louis Seigner Habeneck
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Christian-Jaque

Writers

André du Dognon, Charles Exbrayat, Jean-Pierre Feydeau, André Legrand

Cast

Jean-Louis Barrault Hector Berlioz
Renée Saint-Cyr Marie Martin
Lise Delamare Harriet Smithson
Jules Berry Schlesinger
Bernard Blier Antoine Charbonnel
Gilbert Gil Louis Berlioz
Julien Bertheau Victor Hugo
Catherine Fonteney Madame Berlioz / Madame Berlioz mère
Noël Roquevert
Louis Seigner Habeneck
Roland Armontel Eugène Delacroix
Rivers Cadet Un consomateur
Lucien Coedel Le typographe
Jean Darcante Prosper Mérimée
Joé Davray Un étudiant
Mona Dol La femme de ménage
Maurice Dorléac Un consommateur
René Fluet Jules Janin
Georges Gosset Alexandre Dumas
Georges Lafon Le chambellan russe

Producers

Editors

Jacques Desagneaux

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