24 Hours in a Woman's Life


1h 26m 1968

Brief Synopsis

A wealthy widow meets a younger man, a gambler at a casino, and they spend the night together.

Film Details

Also Known As
24 Stunden im Leben einer Frau, 24 heures de la vie d'une femme
Release Date
Nov 1968
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Pro Gé Fi; Roxy-Film
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Vierundzwanzig Stunden aus dem Leben einer Frau" by Stefan Zweig in Verwirrung der Gefühle (Leipzig, 1926).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 26m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Synopsis

Returning from the Italian lake region, Alice, a widow, who is accompanied by Mademoiselle Georges, Madame Di Stefano and a teenager, Mariette, recalls her vacation: After a Brahms piano recital is interrupted by a rainstorm, her friends take a boat back to their hotel, but Alice stays and accidentally takes a boat that goes to Switzerland. While waiting for the next ferry, Alice wanders into a casino and sees a young German, Thomas, lose his money and leave abruptly with a pistol. Alice follows the despondent young man, and they go to his hotel and spend the night together. In the morning, while Thomas sleeps, Alice leaves a note arranging for a rendezvous and returns to her hotel, avoiding the shocked Mademoiselle Georges and Madame Di Stefano but chatting with Mariette. Thomas is intentionally late for his meeting with Alice, but when he appears they spend the afternoon walking in the woods and boating. Thomas tells Alice that he has deserted from the German Army. He is, he says, a compulsive gambler, and Alice offers to pay his debts and provide passage for him to Zurich if he never gambles again. He agrees, and they part at the border. Alice then decides to go with him but misses his train. That night Alice wanders to the places they had shared and upon entering the casino finds it deserted except for one table where four young men, one of them Thomas, are sitting. When she approaches, Thomas forces money into her hand and, after insulting her, sends her away.

Film Details

Also Known As
24 Stunden im Leben einer Frau, 24 heures de la vie d'une femme
Release Date
Nov 1968
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Pro Gé Fi; Roxy-Film
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Vierundzwanzig Stunden aus dem Leben einer Frau" by Stefan Zweig in Verwirrung der Gefühle (Leipzig, 1926).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 26m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

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Trivia

Notes

Released in West Germany in June 1968 as 24 Stunden im Leben einer Frau; running time: 81 min; in Paris in December 1968 as 24 heures de la vie d'une femme; running time: 84 min. Also reviewed in an 80-min version. A British version of the Zweig novella, 24 Hours of a Woman's Life, was released in 1952.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1968

Released in United States September 24, 1968

Shown at 1968 San Sebastian Film Festival.

Shown at New York Film Festival September 24, 1968.

First feature film for director Dominique Delouche.

Released in United States 1968

Released in United States 1968 (Shown at 1968 San Sebastian Film Festival.)

Released in United States September 24, 1968 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 24, 1968.)