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475 Ratings

The Truth

La vérité

Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot
France, Italy, 1960


Dominique Marceau is on trial for the murder of Gilbert Tellier. The counsels duel relentlessly, elaborating explanations for why the pretty, idle and fickle girl killed the talented and ambitious conductor freshly graduated from the conservatory. Was it passion, vengeance, desperation, an accident?

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The Truth Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1961 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

Mar del Plata International Film Festival

1961 | Winner: Best Director

Golden Globes (USA)

1961 | Winner: Best Foreign-Language Foreign Film

Critics reviews

Clouzot’s underrated sense of editing, with its strong but subtle rhythms, is put to great use in the conducting scenes, which recall the director’s collaborations with Herbert von Karajan; these sequences, in which the world seems to take on a hierarchy and furious order through music, make Bardot’s attraction to Frey more palpable than any of his haughty banter.
September 10, 2010
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