Le Chevalier de la Nuit (1953)

Genres - Horror  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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When first released in the US, this Gallic drama was given the pun-ny title Knight of the Night. Thus, the viewer was left unprepared for the grimmer aspects of this romantic period piece. Renee St. Cyr plays Bella, the ballerina wife of Georges (Jean-Claude Pascal). Once the bloom is off the rose of her marriage, Bella yearns to rekindle the flames of passion. At this point, her husband splits into two distinct personalities: the "good" Georges and the "bad" Chevalier de la Nuit. Thrilled at first, Bella is eventually nagged by guilt and doubt: by falling in love with her husband's bad side, is she being unfaithful to the man she married? Playwright Jean Anouilh was responsible for the film's perplexingly multitextured screenplay.



ballet-dance, extramarital-affair, good-vs-evil, passion, schizophrenia