Les Visiteurs du Soir [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1942]

  • SKU: 20405179
  • Release Date: 09/18/2012
  • Rating: NR
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Special Features

  • L'aventure des "Visiteurs du soir," a 2009 documentary on the making of the film
  • Trailer


Les Visiteurs Du Soir
Originally released in 1942 as Les Visiteurs du Soir, The Devil's Envoys is another masterful collaboration between actress Arletty, writer Jacques Prevert and director Marcel Carne, who would team up one year later for the brilliant Les Enfants Du Paradis. The film is predicated on the 15th century French legend, wherein the Devil, disturbed by the encroaching forces of Good, sends his envoys to Earth to drive the citizens to despair. The Devil, played by Jules Berry in a subtly Hitler-like fashion (a chancy artistic decision in the days of the Occupation), is thwarted when his agents are unable to overcome the power of true love. Even after the lovers are turned to stone for defying His Satanic Majesty, their hearts continue to beat for each other. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Arletty
    Arletty - Dominique
  • Jules Berry
    Jules Berry - Devil
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    Marie Déa - Anne
  • Fernand Ledoux
    Fernand Ledoux - Baron Hugues
  • Marcel Herrand
    Marcel Herrand - Baron Renaud

Customer rating

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Film

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    Absolutely gorgeous movie. Marcel Carne - truly a master of his craft - understood the language of cinema like few others, and when his beautifully expressive visuals and keen sense of camera movement are paired with Jacques Prevert's magnificent, lyrical dialogue, the result is pure film poetry. A complex, intricate meditation on love and life that is both playful and intense, sad and joyful, cynical and hopeful, with a sharp wit, fierce intelligence, and filmmaking prowess that is mind-bogglingly ahead of its time. As usual from Criterion, the Blu-ray quality is top-notch. Can't praise them enough for giving an obscure gem like this such wonderful treatment.

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