La Symphonie fantastique (1942)

12/06/1947 (US) DramaHistory 1h 35m
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The film is biographical, telling the story of the life and artistic struggles of the French composer Hector Berlioz. Berlioz is shown as a recalcitrant medical student in an anatomy class dreaming of becoming a composer; at a demonstration during a performance at the Paris Opéra conducted by Habeneck; at supper with other young artists (Hugo, Janin, Dumas, Mérimée, Delacroix); and chasing after his future wife Harriet Smithson, after a performance of Hamlet. Also depicted are his life in a garret, while suffering from an illness due to an abscess in the throat; a visit from his mother who curses him; and the composition of the Symphonie fantastique. The film then shows his marital breakdown, the premiere of his opera Benvenuto Cellini, his travels throughout Europe, his second marriage to Marie Recio (called "Marie Martin" in the film), public acceptance in old age and reconciliation with his son.

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  2. André Legrand


  3. Jean-Pierre Feydeau


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  1. Jean-Louis Barrault

    Jean-Louis Barrault

    Hector Berlioz

  2. Renée Saint-Cyr

    Renée Saint-Cyr

    Marie Martin

  3. Lise Delamare

    Lise Delamare

    Harriet Smithson

  4. Jules Berry

    Jules Berry


  5. Bernard Blier

    Bernard Blier

    Antoine Charbonnel

  6. Gilbert Gil

    Gilbert Gil

    Louis Berlioz

  7. Julien Bertheau

    Julien Bertheau

    Victor Hugo (uncredited)

  8. Catherine Fonteney

    Madame Berlioz mother (uncredited)

  9. Louis Seigner

    Louis Seigner

    Habeneck (uncredited)

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La Symphonie fantastique
La Symphonie fantastique

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Original Language French

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