Before the Deluge

Before the Deluge (French: Avant le déluge) is a 1954 French-Italian drama film directed by André Cayatte. It was entered into the 1954 Cannes Film Festival.[1][2] It was shot at the Billancourt Studios in Paris. The film's sets were designed by the art director Jacques Colombier.

Before the Deluge (French film)
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Scene from the film, l.t.r.: Jacques Fayet, Clément Thierry, Jacques Chabassol and Marina Vlady.
Directed byAndré Cayatte
Produced byFrançois Carron
Written byAndré Cayatte
Charles Spaak
StarringAntoine Balpêtré
Music byGeorges Van Parys
CinematographyJean Bourgoin
Edited byPaul Cayatte
Union Générale Cinématographique
Documento Film
Distributed byL'Alliance Générale de Distribution Cinématographique
Release date
  • 26 February 1954 (1954-02-26)
Running time
138 minutes


Four boys and a girl want to get away from their parents and their country because they are afraid of an atomic war. They plan to use a boat to get to an idyllic island. When they realise their savings aren't sufficient they feel it was justified to obtain the required money by committing a crime.



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Before the Deluge". Retrieved 24 January 2009.
  2. ^ "Before the Deluge". Retrieved 31 July 2013.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Avant le déluge at Wikimedia Commons