Whirlpool of Desire

Whirlpool of Desire (French: Remous) is a 1935 French drama film directed by Edmond T. Gréville and starring Jeanne Boitel, Jean Galland, Maurice Maillot, and Françoise Rosay.[1] The screenplay was written by American writer Peggy Thompson and André Doderet.

Whirlpool of Desire
Directed byEdmond T. Gréville
Produced byEdmond T. Gréville
Gus Ostwalt
Written byPeggy Thompson
André Doderet
StarringJeanne Boitel
Jean Galland
Maurice Maillot
Françoise Rosay
Music byGeorges Boulanger
CinematographyRoger Hubert
Edited byEdmond T. Gréville
H. O. Films
Distributed byPathé Consortium Cinéma (France)
Arthur Mayer & Joseph Burstyn (US)
Release date
15 March 1935 (France)
28 November 1939 (US)
Running time
85 minutes

The film's sets were designed by the art director Pierre Schild. It was shot at the Saint-Maurice Studios in Paris.


A newlywed couple suffer tragedy when the husband is seriously injured in a car accident.


In November 1939, the film was released in the U.S. by Arthur Mayer and Joseph Burstyn after a long court battle over American film censorship. Burstyn was later involved in the Miracle Decision (1952) overturning film censorship in the U.S.

From IMDB: Albany, New York Monday, January 23, 1939: "The French film Remous was shown Friday [January 20] to five judges of the New York State Appellate Division in proceedings in the attempt by Arthur Mayer and Joseph Burstyn to get a license to screen it in New York State. The picture has twice been denied a license, first in August 1936, when it was rejected as being "indecent", "immoral", and tending to "corrupt morals". It was again rejected in November 1937. In March 1938, it was screened for the New York Board of Regents who, on April 14, disapproved application for a license. Arthur Garfield Hays, counsel for Mayer and Burstyn at yesterday's proceedings, ridiculed the objections of Irwin Esmond and the Regents to certain scenes, pointing out that the film was French and would appeal only to an educated audience. Counsel for the Regents based his plea on the film's theme of sex-frustration, arguing that it would be unwise public policy to show it to all classes of people."

In November 1939, Mayer and Burstyn released the film in the U.S. as Whirlpool of Desire. Film censorship in the United States was not overturned until the U.S. Supreme Court case, Joseph Burstyn, Inc. v. Wilson (the "Miracle Decision") in 1952.

See also


  1. Andrew p.151


  • Dudley Andrew. Mists of Regret: Culture and Sensibility in Classic French Film. Princeton University Press, 1995.
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