He Who Must Die

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Released 1957

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He Who Must Die

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Director:
Jules Dassin
Released:
1957
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He Who Must Die (Celui Qui Doit Mourir) is an interesting 1957 film made by blacklisted American filmmaker Jules Dassin (Rififi, The Naked City, Never on Sunday), who is most famous for his noir style. The film centers around a fictional play that comes to life as it's pawns, or actors become increasingly engaged in character on stage. The film takes place in a small town in Greece during the 1920's. The townspeople gather around to organize the production of a religiously-inspired play called Passion (Christ Recrucified). A stuttering man is chosen to play Jesus; a butcher is chosen as Judas, despite his desire to play Jesus. As the play begins to formulate and take place on stage, a real-life reproduction takes place right outside the walls of the theater. The actors in this real life account are homeless prisoners of war who have been robbed of their territory by the Turks, who wage war against the Greeks. The townspeople become divided on whether it is their duty to help these helpless victims. The film stars Jean Servais, Carl M'hner, Gregoire Aslan, Gert Fr'be, Teddy Bilis, Melina Mercouri, Pierre Vaneck, and Fernand Ledoux. This emotional drama is sure to strike a chord somewhere deep within your chest!moreless

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Drama

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Classics, Foreign Language