Thomas the Impostor
Thomas the Impostor (French: Thomas l'imposteur) is a 1965 French drama film directed by Georges Franju and starring Emmanuelle Riva, Fabrice Rouleau, Sophie Dares, Jean Marais and Charles Aznavour. It is based on a novel of the same name by Jean Cocteau.
|Thomas the Impostor|
|Directed by||Georges Franju|
|Produced by||Eugene Lepicier|
|Based on||A novel|
by Jean Cocteau
|Music by||Georges Auric|
|Edited by||Gilbert Natot|
The film is set during World War I, as Paris is expected to fall to the Germans. The Princesse de Bormes, a widow, helps wounded soldiers by evacuating them from the front and bringing them to her villa in Paris for medical care. However, the authorities will not give the Princess and the soldiers passes to return to Paris. The situation changes when an innocent 16-year-old boy, Guillaume Thomas de Fontenoy, joins the authorities and is mistaken as the nephew of the popular General de Fontenoy. Thomas is able to use his position of posing as the general's nephew to cut through the red tape, in order to help the Princess. She is entranced by Thomas, and her daughter, Henriette, falls in love with him. However, Thomas feels impelled to see more war action. Later, he is caught behind enemy lines when he is moved with a military unit into the heat of battle.
- Emmanuelle Riva – Princesse de Bormes
- Jean Servais – Pasquel-Duport
- Fabrice Rouleau – Guillaume Thomas de Fontenoy
- Sophie Darès – Henriette
- Michel Vitold – Dr. Vernes
- Charles Aznavour
- Jean-Roger Caussimon – Bishop
- Edouard Dermithe – Captain Roy
- Hélène Dieudonné – Thomas' aunt
- Gabrielle Dorziat – Cartomancienne
- Bernard Lavalette – Dr. Gentil
- Jean Magis – Pagot
- Jean Marais – Narrator (voice)
- André Méliès – Elderly man at the ball
- Jean Ozenne
- Christian Scheyder – Young priest
- Édith Scob – Nurse
- Rosy Varte – Mme. Valiche
Thomas the Impostor was released in France on 5 May 1965.
In a contemporary review from the Monthly Film Bulletin, noted that film treated war as "fantasy" with Franju's film as being an "almost fairy-tale fantasy of figures moving in a mystical land where everything seems predetermined" and noted that "Emmanuele Riva gives a hauntingly beautiful performance as the Princess, and Fabrice Rouleau looks exactly right as Thomas; and the commentary, finely spoken by Jean Marasi, is for once in accord with the images and mood of the film." The review concluded that "Franju has captured the spirit of Cocteau's novel, the point at which the surface glamour of war becomes the awful reality of its suffering."