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TENDER ENEMY

France, 1936 (MIFF 1981)

Director: Max Ophuls

The change of title wrought by Ophuls in his adaptation of Andre-Paul Antoine's play The Enemy epitomizes his deliberate softening of the original to suit his sincere feeling for sentimentality. “ln it can be found the latest influences of expressionism: its fractionizing of people and things, its taste for caricatured characters and for the past. its flirtation with the hereafter. . . " (Georges Sadoul).

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