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The Cure d'Akrs

LE SORCIER. DU CIEI, {NEW GALLFRY).

Director: Marcel Blistene,

FRENCH saints have sometimes suffered at the hands of their biographers who have sentimentalised them St. Therese of Lisieux and St. John Vianney (the Cure d'Ars) -to quote two instances, although Henri Gheion, in his life of St. Therese, restored the balance in her case.

Before Georges Rollin, the distinguished French actor, embarked on portraying the Cure d'Ars in this film, he went into retreat under the direction of the Jesuits. He has certainly captured not only the spirituality, holiness and humility of the man but his tenacity and inner strength too. The temptation scenes when the devil taunts him with spiritual pride as, centuries before, St. Thomas of Canterbury was taunted, are entirely convincing and credible. Late 19th century French village life—when Christianity was at a low ehh and agnosticism and superstition rife--was a rough field to plough. Director Marcel shows us the poverty of both mind and body that possessed these villagers; in a series of beautifully composed scenes. Perhaps it is in his old age that the Curd is most affecting, the picture of dignity and fragility and nobility, and for M. Rollin 's acting in these last scenes, there can be nothing but praise. Though Le Sorrier de C.iel is no Monsieur Vincent, it is quite beautifully done and, in its way, is as good as a sermon.

MACADAM (ACADEMY)

Director : Marcel Blistene

WHEN Jacques Fcyder, husband of Francois Rosay, was already a dying man, in 1947, he came down to the studio in his invalid chair and helped to produce what was to be his last film. This is it. .

The scene is Montmartre — but there is not an artist in sight. Only a group of petty thieves. the teeming life of the street markets and Mme, Rose, husband-murderer, doublecrosser, drunkard. cheat, miser.

Repulsive ? Not a hit of it as

Francois Rosay plays her. She's fascinating. leaving you always guessing what new depravity she can think up—and wheezing her way blowsily along and delivering homilies on her philosophy as though she might be Emily Post herself.

A brilliant cast, grand camera work and superb direction.

TFIE WOMAN IN QUESTION

(GAUMONT AND MARBLE ARCH PAVILION)

Director : Anthony Asquith

IS Anthony Asquith the answer to the agonised query — where is the British director who can exploit the hidden talents of our film actresses ?

Here he shows us a new Jean Kent (in quite protean mood) as a mysteriaius woman who is found murdered and lies to act as she has variously appeared to several people involved.

The presence in the cast of that scene-stealer, flermione Baddeley, as a garrulous neighbour, may overshadow but does not blot out the work of either Lana Morris or Susan Shaw.

Altogether, this is one of the best British " whodunits" we have had for a long time. The entire male cast, as usual, is first rate.

ASPHALT JUNGLE (EMPIRE) Director! John Huston HERE already is film dynasty in action. John Huston, who directed his father, the late Walter Huston, in that memorable work " Sierra Madre," has gone to work on a gangster theme and has made something quite masterly of it. I'll confess that for the first ten minutes of this story of a ma.jor safe deposit robbery I was quite be




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