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En Passant par la Lorraine

France, 1951 (MIFF 1953, Report to the Nation)

Director: Georges Franju

The second film by the director of Le Sang des Bêtes is an evocation of Lorraine, in a form that skilfully blends past and present: the memorial to Jeanne d'Arc at Domremy, and the traces of devastation in the 1914-18 war; Metz cathedral and a village fair; the Merlebach mines and the huge factories at Hagondage. Franju's interweaving of the picturesque, the human, and the industrial shows an original talent;'s score is particularly attractive.

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