Edouard Dermithe and Nicole Stéphane playfight in a bathtub in a still from 'Les Enfants Terribles' (1950)
Edouard Dermithe and Nicole Stéphane playfight in a bathtub in a still from 'Les Enfants Terribles' (1950)
Les Enfants Terribles (1950)

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Les Enfants Terribles

Jean-Pierre Melville, written by Jean Cocteau | France | | Unclassified (15+)
Film

A teenaged brother (Edouard Dermithe) and sister’s (Nicole Stéphane) unhealthy obsession with one another leads, inevitably, to tragedy.

Fatalistic and extraordinarily powerful, Cocteau’s beautiful, otherworldly, profoundly literary script must have seemed virtually unfilmable, but Melville’s precise and poetic cinematic style manages to retain its claustrophobic spirit. Shot mostly at the famed Théâtre Pigalle by Henri Decaë, this is a key work of postwar French cinema.

Format: Black & White, Digital
Language: French with English subtitles
Duration: 105 mins

When

Duration

105 mins

Rating

Unclassified (15+)

Where

Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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