Jean Epstein1921-1930DramaFranceSilent

Jean Epstein – Le double amour AKA Double Love (1925)

Le double amour (1925)
Le double amour (1925)

Countess Laure Maresco falls in love with a player, Jacques Prémont-Solène. He loses a large sum and dreams of suicide. Laure prevents her, before learning that her lover has squandered the recipe for a charity party that she attended. His family sends the young man to America to put an end to the scandal. Twenty years later, after a fortune, he returns.

The film was reconstructed and saved in 1986 by Renée Lichtig from the original negative kept at the Cinémathèque française, a negative that had joined the collections in 1958. In 2009, with the help of the Franco-American Cultural Fund, the shades of origin have been reintroduced thanks to two elements from the collections: a vintage tinted copy and the original negative. Furthermore, this nitrate copy made it possible to reintroduce some shots and inserts that were missing in the reconstruction of 1986. In 2013, the film was digitized, and set to music by Karol Beffa on its original composition. The digitization work was entrusted to the Vectracom laboratory and the synchronization to the L’Immagine ritrovata laboratory (Bologna).


A rather classic melodrama, Le Double amour is the third film by Jean Epstein for the firm Albatros, produced between February and April 1925. As for the second opus, L’Affiche , the scenario is signed Marie Epstein and gives full powers of expression to actress Nathalie Lissenko, star of the Russian studio in Montreuil. She interprets the Countess Maresco, at the same time mother and grieving woman, great tragic aristocratic silhouette around which gravitate Camille Bardou, Pierre Batcheff and Jean Angelo, all in tune with her collapses and lamentations. Double loveis a film about the universe of pretense, flambe, play, baccarat, elegance. The costumes and outfits are provided by the house of Drecoll and the great fashion designer Paul Poiret. The photography is particularly neat and the light of the outdoor scenes (mostly filmed in Cannes) as the editing effects can announce the next poetic works of the filmmaker, such this recurring plan of waves crashing against the cliff which structures the narration. Double lovealso allows Epstein to meet two loyal collaborators, the decorator Pierre Kéfer and the actor Nino Costantini. The remarkable decors invented by Pierre Kéfer and produced by Lazare Meerson allow daring shots, with a particularly great depth of field. Released in November 1925, the film met with critical success and the press evoked a “personal vision” and recognized a “technique accomplished” for the filmmaker. And Langlois to affirm: “It is enough to project a coil of faithful Heart and a coil of Double loveto realize the progress of Epstein. Despite his profession of faith, he knew how to assimilate the human element, to get rid of this kind of break caused by the disproportion of the vigor and the mastery of his technique and the poverty of his direction of actors. Double love is therefore not an indifferent work, and it was necessary for Epstein. “

Emilie Cauquy

Le double amour (1925)
Le double amour (1925)
Le double amour (1925)

Container: Matroska
Runtime: 1 h 46 min
Size: 3.10 GiB
Codec: h264
Resolution: 1920x1080
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Frame rate: 25.000 fps
Bit rate: 3 961 kb/s
BPP: 0.076
#1: zxx 2.0ch AAC @ 192 kb/s

Language(s):French intertitles with music

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