She Returned at Dawn

Retour à l’aube, 1938, France, Language: French, Subtitles: English (90’); Screening: 09.08, 12.45, Toldi Cinema, Nagyterem

No actress could boast of a longer career than Danielle Darrieux, who recently passed away at 100 years old. In 1938 she made her charming film She Returned at Dawn in Budapest and other places in Hungary with her husband Henri Decoin. Her character Anita is a young peasant girl who arrives in Budapest for her aunt’s funeral. She misses the train home and so stays for a magic night in the capital. Particularly memorable is the scene where the French actress sings a chanson, Dans mon coeur, with gypsy musicians accompanying her. This fine and lovely film is, though not a masterpiece, the beginning of an excellent career.

Directed by: Henri Decoin
Screenplay by: Vicki Baum, Henri Decoin, Pierre Wolff
Director of photography: Léonce-Henri Burel
Music by: Paul Misraki         
Cast: Danielle Darrieux, Pierre Dux, Jacques Dumesnil, Pierre Mingand, Raymond Cordy
Genre: drama, romance
Production: Union des Distributeurs Indépendants
Format: black and white, 1.37:1