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|WHIRLPOOL OF FATE (LA FILLE DE L'EAU) (director: Jean Renoir; screenwriter: Pierre Lestringuez; cinematographer: Jean Bachelet; cast: Catherine Hessling (Virginia Gudule), Pierre Lestringuez (Jef, uncle), Harold Livingston (Georges Raynal), Pierre Champagne (Justin Crepoix), Maurice Touzé (La Fuine), André Derain (Bar Owner), Georges Térof (Monsieur Raynal), Charlotte Clasis (Madame Maubien); Runtime: 73; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Jean Renoir; Lionsgate;1925- silent-France-in French with English subtitles)|
down by a less than thrilling tale."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
The self-financed feature film debut of Jean Renoir ("La Marseillaise"/The Little Match Girl"/"The Elusive Corporal"), influenced by D.W. Griffith, is well-crafted (with great natural setting shots and diverting surreal dream sequences) but let down by a less than thrilling tale, as written by Pierre Lestringuez.
Renoir's wife at the time),
after the death of her father, lives with her wicked lecherous drunken uncle
Lestringuez) on a barge. Unable to
take his abuse, she
becomes a runaway. Gudule's
accepted by a young gypsy poacher and
his pipe smoking Tarot card reading mom, but is
abandoned by them when
the troublesome lad burns down the haystack of a
peasant farmer (Pierre Champagne)
and they flee
without her. The peasant villagers retaliate and
burn down the gypsy
trailer, while a frightened Gudule flees along a
quarry alone. She's
rescued by the shy, well-mannered Georges (Harold Livingston),
the son of a
wealthy farmer (Georges
Térof), who secretly adores
her. Gudule works in
his family's kitchen. When sent to the market to pay
Gudule's wicked uncle robs her on the road and she's
too frightened to
tell Georges. The bourgeois family thinks she's a
thief, until Georges
spots the wicked uncle harassing her on the road.
Georges then punches
out the villain and Gudule
becomes part of his family.
REVIEWED ON 12/31/2010 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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