The Eternal Return (film)

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The Eternal Return
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Directed byJean Delannoy
Produced byAndré Paulvé
Written byJean Cocteau
StarringMadeleine Sologne
Jean Marais
Jean Murat
Music byGeorges Auric
CinematographyRoger Hubert
Edited bySuzanne Fauvel
Films André Paulvé
Distributed byDisCina
Release date
13 October 1943
Running time
107 minutes

The Eternal Return (French: L'Éternel retour) is a 1943 French romantic drama film directed by Jean Delannoy and starring Madeleine Sologne and Jean Marais.[1] The screenplay was written by Jean Cocteau as a retelling of Tristan and Isolde set in comtemporary France. In the United Kingdom the film was released in 1946 by Eagle-Lion Distributors under the alternative title Love Eternal.[2]

It was made at the Victorine Studios in Nice with sets designed by the art director Georges Wakhévitch. The film's costumes were by Georges Annenkov. Location shooting took place at the Chateau de Pesteils in Polminhac. It premiered in Vichy and was one of the greatest commercial hits of the occupation period.[3]



  1. ^ L'Éternel retour (1943) at the Films de France
  2. ^ The Eternal Return at IMDb
  3. ^ Lanzoni p.140


  • Lanzoni, Rémi Fournier . French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present. A&C Black, 2004.

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