Partir (1931)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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The second of Maurice Tourneur's two 1931 productions, Partir (To Leave) was also released under the more emphatic title Partir!. The hero is a fugitive from French justice who hopes to escape to the Far East. To finance his exodus, the young man links up with the beautiful female star of a travelling opera troupe, heading out of France via ocean liner. The two fall in love, but lasting happiness is not to be theirs; when the young man's criminal past is exposed by another traveller, he jumps overboard and sinks beneath the waves. Partir is largely a "paid advertisement" for a well-known European steamship firm, which ponied up two-thirds of the film's production costs.