A Date for Your Diary

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Henri-Georges Clouzot co-scripted LE MONDE TREMBLERA (1939), in which Claude Dauphin (yay! Barbarella’s boss!) invents a machine that can predict, with total accuracy, the time of a given subject’s death, is quite an interesting piece of work. I mean, that’s a subject nobody else has tackled in that way, ever.

Fiona pointed out that Clouzot, who had been in a TB sanatorium for years, was uniquely placed to address this topic. And he gives us, in Dauphin’s cynical scientist, one of his most unsympathetic leads — and that’s arguably a crowded field.

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Dauphin is essentially unrecognizable if you know him only from fifties and sixties films, as we did. Until he opens his mouth.

So, this is Barbarella’s boss’s first sci-fi film, and BARBARELLA is his last — we just need a middle one to complete the Informal Trilogy. Anyone?

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4 Responses to “A Date for Your Diary”

  1. This sounds great!

    Have you ever read Cornell Woolrich’s Night Has a Thousand Eyes? (filmed in 1948 by John Farrow; haven’t seen it, but apparently the story is very changed) – about whether or not a foretold death will actually happen. I remember it as terrifically tense, and this has reminded me I must read it again.

  2. Read it? I yearn to adapt it!

    The film, with Eddie G Robinson, actually comes up with its own plot, which arguably works better, is more satisfying, than Woolrich’s (someone once said you could drive a truck through CW’s plot holes). But the novel has its own demented brio — it was the first CW I read.

  3. You must! Is it public domain or does someone own the rights?

  4. It’ll be copyright some kind of estate, I fear. And I would only be interested in doing it as a US period movie, so it’s rather far from happening.

    The other one I’m interested in is Rendezvous in Black, another of his episodic revenger’s tragedies, like The Bride Wore Black but nastier — the killer is out to destroy not hie enemies, but the person closest to each of them.

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