The Heart of a Nation

The Heart of a Nation (French: Untel père et fils) is a 1943 French drama film directed by Julien Duvivier who co-wrote screenplay with Marcel Achard and Charles Spaak. The film stars Raimu, Michèle Morgan and Louis Jouvet.

The Heart of a Nation (Untel père et fils)
Directed byJulien Duvivier
Produced byPaul Graetz
Written byJulien Duvivier
Marcel Achard
Charles Spaak
Michèle Morgan
Louis Jouvet
Music byJean Wiener
CinematographyJules Kruger
Edited byMarthe Poncin
Transcontinental Films
Distributed byA.F.E. Corporation (USA)
Universal Film S.A. (France)
Release date
  • 7 April 1943 (1943-04-07) (U.S.)
  • 9 October 1945 (1945-10-09) (France)
Running time
113 minutes
Box office2,145,108 admissions (France) (1945)[1]


The film follows a family in Montmartre from the Franco-Prussian War to World War II.

An American release featured an introduction by Charles Boyer and scenes of the German entry into Paris.

Principal cast


Louis Jourdan played the on screen brother of his real life brother, Pierre.[2]

Filming started in late 1939 but was interrupted by the war.[3]


The film was released in New York before France.

On January 25, 2005, the American version of the film that is dubbed into English and features a prologue by Charles Boyer was released by Alpha Video on DVD .[4]


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