The Red and the Black (1954 film)

The Red and the Black (French: Le rouge et le noir) is a 1954 French drama film directed by Claude Autant-Lara, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jean Aurenche and Pierre Bost, based on the novel The Red and the Black by Stendhal.[2] The film starred Gérard Philipe, Antonella Lualdi and Danielle Darrieux, and won the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics award for the best film of 1955 and the Grand Prix de l'Académie du Cinéma the same year.

The Red and the Black
theatrical poster
Directed byClaude Autant-Lara
Produced byHenry Deutschmeister
Gianni Hecht Lucari
Screenplay byJean Aurenche
Pierre Bost
Claude Autant-Lara
Music byRené Cloërec
Cinematography Michel Kelber
Edited byMadeleine Gug
Franco London Films
Documento Film
Distributed byDistributors Corporation of America (US)
Release date
29 October 1954 (France)
8 April 1958 (USA)
Running time
113–185 min.
CountryItaly / France
Box office4,344,414 admissions (France)[1]

Shown in various versions, the film's length is generally given as 113 minutes. In Canada it was 171 minutes; a longer version in France was 185 minutes(or 194 minutes in 2 parts) and at its New York opening it was 137 minutes.



  1. "Box Office Success of Gerard Philippe films". Box Office Story.
  2. Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 1991. ISBN 8876055487.

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