Le Diable Souffle (1947)

Genres - Drama  |   Countries - France  |  
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The Woman of Evil in this French melodrama is a lady named Louvaine (Helena Bossis). She's a pianist in a tiny café, where her erstwhile lovers, landowner Laurent (Charles Vanel) and surgeon Diego (Jean Chevrier), make nightly visits. The rising passions within the café are counterpointed by the rising flood waters in the surrounding region. When originally released in France, Woman of Evil ran considerably longer than its current 87-minute running time. It was pared down for American consumption to meet the then-prevailing censorial standards.