Forbidden Games (1952)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

Original title:  Jeux Interdits

France, 1952.  Silver Films.  Screenplay by , , , Rene Clement, Dialogue by Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost, Francois Boyer, based on the novel Les Jeux Inconnus by Francois Boyer.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

A little girl loses her parents in a bombing in wartime France but finds herself, because of her young age, unable to understand the concept of death. Through the games she plays with a boy she befriends and the many riddles they invent, they slowly start to understand that the loss of parents is not child’s play but a very serious thing. Delicate direction by Rene Clement makes this unforgettable post-war drama an undeniable classic.

The Criterion Collection:  #318

Academy Award:  Honorary Foreign Language Film Award (1952)
Nomination: Best Motion Picture Story (1954)

Venice Film Festival Award: Golden Lion

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