Before the Deluge

Before the Deluge (1954)

The title of this French "reality" drama, which translates to Before the Deluge, is a play on Louis XVI's famous prognostication, "Apres moi, le deluge." Set in 1950, the film concentrates on five Parisian adolescents. Certain that the next war will herald the apocalypse, the youngster make plans to run off to a desert island and set up a new society. This, however, will require money, which is why the boys decide to pull off a "necessary" robbery. Idealism collapses in the face of cold reality, as the five youths suffer from the consequences of their actions. Avant le Deluge was one of a group of films cowritten by director Andre Cayatte and Charles Spaak which endeavored to explore the touchy social issues of the day: others in the Cayatte-Spaak canon include the euthanasia-themed Justice est Faite and the capital-punishment tract Nous sommes tous des assassins.

  • André Cayatte
  • Charles Spaak
  • André Cayatte
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  • Release Date: 1954-02-26
  • Language: Français
  • Country: FR, IT
  • Runtime: 138

Marina Vlady

Liliane Noblet

Antoine Balpêtré

Albert Dutoit

Paul Bisciglia

Jean-Jacques Noblet

Bernard Blier

Marcel Noblet

Jacques Chabassol

Jean Arnaud

Clément Thierry

Philippe Boussard

Roger Coggio

Daniel Epstein

Jacques Castelot

Serge de Montesson

Léonce Corne

Le commissaire Auvain

Paul Frankeur

Monsieur Boussard

Isa Miranda

Françoise Boussard

Carlo Ninchi

Le président du tribunal

Delia Scala


Line Noro

Madame Arnaud

Albert Rémy

Le garçon de café

André Valmy

L'autre inspecteur de police

Julien Verdier

Le veilleur de nuit

Maria Zanoli

Madame Dutoit

Marcel Pérès

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