The Poison Case

The Poison Case is a Franco – Italian film , directed by Henri Decoin , released on the screens in 1955 .

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This film reconstructs the famous Poison Case that made headlines in the late 1670s . To write the scenario, which is strictly true to the truth, the authors relied on the authentic archives of the Bastille: they contain the summaries of the interrogations of the trials and the notes taken by the Lieutenant-General of Police, Mr. de the Reynie.

Synopsis

Madame de Montespan , favorite of the king of France Louis XIV , comes to seek a cure near Catherine Deshayes, known as La Voisin , in order to regain the royal favor which fell on a young rival of 17 years with resplendent beauty: Marie Angelique de Scorailles-Roussille that the King will make Duchess of Fontanges .

Technical sheet

  • Director: Henri Decoin , assisted by Michel Deville and Pierre Pelegri
  • Scenario: Henri Decoin, Georges Neveux and Albert Valentin
  • Dialogues: Georges Neveux
  • Sets: Jean d’Eaubonne , assisted by Jacques Gut and Pierre Duquesne
  • Costumes: Monique Plotin , assisted by Jean Zay
  • Original music: René Cloërec
  • Dances: Mr. Legrand
  • Director of photography: Pierre Montazel
  • Camera operator: Gilbert Chain
  • Assistant operator: Robert Foucard
  • Editing: Borys Lewin
  • Costumes and jewelery: Karinska , Paulette Coquatrix , M. Gromtzeff , N. Riotteau
  • Hairstyles: Huguette Lalaurette and Jeanne Poitier
  • Wigs: Jules Chanteau
  • Sound: Jacques Lebreton
  • Makeup: Jean Ulysse
  • Scripts: Suzanne Durrenberger
  • Special effects: Nicolas Wilcke
  • Photographer: Jean Klissak , Emmanuel Lowenthal
  • Director: Lucien Lippens
  • Production Companies: Franco London Films (France) and Excelsa Films (Italy)
  • Producers: Henry Deutschmeister , Nicola Naracci , Antonio Mosco
  • Production Manager: Louis Wipf
  • French distribution and global sales: Teledis , then Gaumont
  • Shooting from July 28 to September 20, 1955 at Boulogne Studios
  • Operating visa in France n ° 14.856
  • Country: France – Italy
  • Format: film 35 mm – 1,37: 1 – color by Technicolor – mono sound
  • Genre: Historical drama
  • Duration: 105 minutes
  • Release date France: 
  • French Entries: 1,508,273

Distribution

  • Danielle Darrieux : Madame de Montespan
  • Viviane Romance : Catherine Deshayes, known as La Voisin
  • Paul Meurisse : Father Guibourg, a satanist priest
  • Anne Vernon : Hermine of the Eyelets
  • Pierre Mondy : Captain François Desgrez
  • Maurice Teynac : Nicolas de La Reynie , Lieutenant-General of Police
  • Roldano Lupi : Lesage, an alchemist providing poisons
  • Christine Carrère : Angelique de Fontanges
  • Albert Rémy : The executioner Guillaume
  • Renaud Mary : Henri de Montespan
  • François Patrice : From Lignières
  • Simone Paris : me of Ludre
  • Albert Michel : Gobet
  • Luisa Rossi : me Gobet
  • Roland Armontel : The blind
  • Jacky Moulière : The son of the blind
  • Michel Etcheverry : The preacher
  • Jean-Marie Robain : A Judge of the Ardent Chamber
  • Dominique Page : The pregnant girl
  • André Numès Son : The Clerk
  • André Weber : A fanatic at Black Mass (uncredited)
  • Gisèle Grandpré : The Countess of Soissons (uncredited)
  • Florence Arnaud : A lady of the court
  • Raymond Gérôme : King Louis XIV (uncredited)
  • Jacques Morlaine : A barker
  • Max Montavon : A loafer at the run (uncredited)
  • Marfa Dhervilly : La Voisin’s client (uncredited)
  • Olivier Darrieux : The student who observes
  • Claude Carliez : The miracle product buyer
  • Christian Brocard : Another buyer
  • Louis Saintève : A juror
  • Yvonne Claudie : A participant in the Black Mass
  • Pierre Ferval : A loafer who attends the first execution
  • Nicole Gamma
  • Michel Bertay
  • Dimitri Dineff
  • Pierre Allan
  • Marisa Belli
  • Catherine Le Couey
  • Hélène Rémy

Around the film

A play bearing the same title and written by Victorien Sardou , was premiered at the Théâtre de la Porte-Saint-Martin on December 7, 1907; the text of the play was published in La Petite Illustration No. 84 of March 14, 1908.

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