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Manon (1949)




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Adapted from the novel by Abbe Antoine-Francois Prevost, Manon is a WW II-era love story about a village girl (Cecile Aubrey) and a fighter (Michel Auclair) traveling to Paris. After staying with the fighter's brother, who forces the girl into prostitution, the couple escape to Israel and attempt a dangerous desert crossing. The French film appears with English subtitles.

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Cécile Aubrey
as Manon Lescaut
Serge Reggiani
as Leon Lescaut
Michel Auclair
as Robert Des Grieux
as Marseilles Black Marketeer
André Valmy
as Bandit Chief
Henri Vilbert
as Ship's Captain
Daniel Ivernel
as American Officer
Héléna Manson
as Normandy Peasant
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Critic Reviews for Manon

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

As a demonstration of human nature, we're afraid that this film Henri-Georges Clouzot has helped adapt and has directed fails to convey why a man would throw himself at the feet of an obviously no-good dame.

March 20, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Even by 1949's standards, this odd-duck in the director's filmography may be a tempestuous love affair, but one marked savagely by the uncompromising fluctuations of power which crush survivors 'neath the weight of lofty ideals.

July 30, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Clouzot's craftsmanship and style made an impression at the Venice Festival and it won Best Film in 1949.

June 16, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

A pointed and powerful metaphor for the futility of war and the damage it does to the human spirit -- and one of Clouzot's finest films.

March 20, 2008 | Full Review…

A film made during the 'Tradition of Quality' period in France popular after WW II.

August 29, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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