Retrospective of Greatness

IN THE NIGHT

France | 1929

Charles Vanel

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Director:
Charles Vanel

Screenplay:
Charles Vanel

Director of photography:
Georges Asselin

Composer:
Louis Sclavis

Producer:
Fernand Weill

Production Company:
Société de production Les Films Fernand Weill

Cast:
Charles Vanel,
Sandra Milovanoff

Duration:
76′

Synopsis

A quarry worker gets married and lives his conjugal happiness, until an explosion at the workplace disfigures his face. Forced to wear a mask he is rejected by his wife, who becomes attracted to another man.

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Director's Biography

Charles Vanel

Charles Vanel (1892 – 1989) was a French film actor and director. As an actor, he is perhaps best remembered for his role in Henry-George Clouzot’s The Wages of Fear, a film that won both the Golden Bear and Palme d’Or in 1953. In the 1955 Hitchcock’s film, To Catch a Thief, Vanel acted with Cary Grant. Later in his career, he would also act in Jean-Pierre Melville’s Magnet of Doom (1963), and alongside Klaus Kinski in Golden Night (1976). He appeared in more than 200 films in a career spanning 77 years. In 2002, at the request of the filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier, Louis Sclavis composed and recorded music for the only feature directed by Charles Vanel, a silent film, In the Night (1929).