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34 Ratings

Life Dances On

Un carnet de bal

Directed by Julien Duvivier
France, 1937
Drama, Romance


After the death of her husband, Christine realizes she has possibly wasted her life by marrying him instead of the man towards whom, in her youth, she had a stronger inclination.

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Life Dances On Directed by Julien Duvivier

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1937 | Winner: Best Foreign Film (Mussolini Cup)

National Board of Review

1938 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

Kinema Junpo Awards

1939 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film

[“Un Carnet de Bal”] has aged poorly, although it was — along with the exotic crime drama “Pépé le Moko” (1937), Duvivier’s greatest success — a popular hit in France and winner for best foreign film at the 1937 Venice Film Festival.
January 22, 2016
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As one might expect, these men—which include a doctor, a mountain guide, a town mayor, and, most memorably, a melancholy priest played by Baur—are now of various vocational and romantic standing, and each encounter is attentively depicted by Duvivier with a delicate sense of remorse and nostalgia.
November 20, 2015
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Duvivier is anticipating the late films of Max Ophuls here, with his twirling camera imitating a doomed waltz. At 130 minutes there are at least two too many vignettes – but this is a beautifully bittersweet film, anchored by Marie Bell’s sensitively crestfallen performance.
November 10, 2015
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