Sunday, August 30, 2015

"was driven of the devil into the wilderness" - A French Film Produced during WWII

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A French Film Produced during WWII

There were four men as major players in the French film produced during German occupation of France in WWII.  But also there was one woman connected with the three.

The first man was a villain working also as a private scribe (the time of the story was set around the early 19th century or so).  The second man was an actor who respected Shakespeare.  The third one was a pantomime artist.  And the last one was a noble man.

The villain was an old acquaintance and a kind of business partner of the woman, a beauty.  The Shakespeare-admiring actor happened to know her on the street while he was going to a theater to be hired.  The pantomime artist discovered his talent through an episode involving the villain and the beauty when they picked a pocket of a passerby in front of the theater, though they were not arrested, where he and his father were hired.

Subsequently, the Shakespeare-admiring actor was hired by the theater and the beauty also started to take some minor part in the theater.  And the pantomime artist came to fall in love with the beauty, though she had already started to live in an apartment house with the .Shakespeare-admiring actor.  The villain, knowing the relationship between the two, tried to kill the actor, but as the smart actor offered some big money to the villain, they became a kind of friends.

Meanwhile, the noble man happened to see her in the stage to be enchanted by her outlook.  And, he later happened to get her as she needed somebody to help her out of suspicion of a conspiracy with the villain in a crime, though she was not involved in this case.  For the noble man's name sake, she could get rid of arrest by the police.  Then, the beauty left Paris with the noble man for India, Scotland, etc.

The poor artist married the daughter of the theater owner.  However, several years later, the beauty and the noble man came back to Paris.  She frequently visited the theater to watch  from a box seat the pantomime artist, who now became a kind of star for his excellent performance as a white silent comedian.  The villain also found that the beauty returned to Paris, while the Shakespeare-admiring actor also became very successful in another theater.

As the story went on, the villain came to hate the noble man as he was insulted by the noble man when he dared to go and see the beauty in the residence of the couple.  On the other hand, the pantomime artist spent a night with the beauty.  In the morning, the artist's wife found the room where the two stayed and confronted the beauty to take the heart of her husband back, in vain.  But, the beauty decided to leave Paris again.  The pantomime artist overwhelmed by love to the beauty ran on the street of Paris after the carriage she got into.  But Paris was in carnival and the street was so crowded.

Around the same time, the villain killed the noble man, though he gave up flight from the homicide scene, namely a sauna for rich men in Paris.  So, the beauty would soon know the tragedy that happened to her patron.

In this story, only the Shakespeare-admiring actor who was acting Othello with his face painted black at the time when the tragedy was happening seemed to get rid of the trouble.

This movie is still ranked No.1 or 2 in French film ranking today.

But who is the most sinful in this story?  At least, the beauty is sinful.

I suppose that that is why the Bible never describes that Christ Jesus met with any beauty.

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Luk 8:29 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)
Luk 8:30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.