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Song of the World (1965)

Le chant du monde (original title)
In Haute-Provence, two clans of rival peasants clash throughout the four seasons of a year. A young woodcutter, gone to the Rebeillard country to cut down trees, has not given a sign of ... See full summary »


Marcel Camus


Marcel Camus, Jean Giono (novel)


Cast overview, first billed only:
Hardy Krüger ... Antonio
Charles Vanel ... Marinau, le matelot
Catherine Deneuve ... Clara
Marilù Tolo ... Gina
André Lawrence ... Denis Le Besson
Serge Marquand Serge Marquand ... Le neveu
Saro Urzì ... Carle
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Mandru
Michel Vitold Michel Vitold ... Toussaint
Ginette Leclerc ... Gina, la vieille
Christian Marin ... Le tatoué
Nane Germon Nane Germon ... Junie
Georgette Anys Georgette Anys ... La voisine de Clara
Pierre Tornade
Régine Macchi Régine Macchi
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In Haute-Provence, two clans of rival peasants clash throughout the four seasons of a year. A young woodcutter, gone to the Rebeillard country to cut down trees, has not given a sign of life for several months. Anxious about this long absence, his father went off to look for him. Written by morroviolet

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Provençal western
27 April 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Like his compatriot Serge Bourguignon ("Cybèle Ou Les Dimanches De Ville D'Avray"),Marcel Camus could be said to have started his career at the top ("Orfeo Negro") and worked his way down.Like him,it's extraordinary he fell so quickly with such a golden start.

The problem is ,as interesting as his "Chant Du Monde" may well be,Camus lacks the artistry to use all the elements towards an overall vision.He seems more interested in the bits than the whole.This overindulgence with the ideas themselves weakens the effect of the film as a whole.

"Le Chant Du Monde" promised great things : a novel by Jean Giono,a bevy of talented actors,a nice score by Andre Hossein ,and above all ,a superlative cinematography which enhances the splendid Provençal landscapes."Chant Du Monde " had the potential of a fascinating work but Camus lacks the skill in weaving his elements together.It's sometimes difficult to follow the plot.A great director such as Julien Duvivier or Carné could liven up his movie by using dozens of characters ;Camus cannot .His heroes are lacking substance and in spite of the talent of such luminaries as Vanel or Hardy Krüger,they are not really exciting.This cast ,although appealing at first sight is questionable :none of them has got the Provençal accent ,Hardy Krüger is German ,and although he is fluent in French ,he seems to be dubbed;and what about Catherine Deneuve who will be the main interest for today's audience?She appears a few minutes at the beginning of the film,then disappears during one hour before reappearing to secure a happy end .

NB:"Besson" means "twin" in provincial dialect."Red Hair" had a twin who died ,that's we are told when Matelot meets "Bouche D'Or".The word was also used by George Sand in "La Petite Fadette".

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7 October 1965 (France) See more »

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El canto del mundo See more »

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