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Madeleine Sologne

Madeleine Sologne Madeleine Vouillon was born in 1912 at Ferté-Imbault in Loir-et-Cher.

She began working in the cinema with a role in La Vie est à nous by Jean Renoir in 1936. Subsequent appearances in Raphaël le Tatoué by Christian-Jacque, Fièvres by Jean Delannoy (1941) & le loup des Malveneur by Guillaume Radot (1943) cemented her blossoming film career. But it is for her role in l'Eternel Retour (Eternal Love aka Eternal Return) by Jean Delannoy (1943), with a screenplay by Jean Cocteau that Madeleine Sologne is now best known. For the youth of the time, she and Jean Marais were seen as the ideal couple. The following films had less success.

She died in 1995 in Vierzon.

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Madeleine SologneIn Jean Delannoy's haunting love-fable The Eternal Return (filmed in France during the German Occupation), screenwriter Jean Cocteau adapts the Tristan and Isolde myth to the modern age, combining the dreamy, tragic quality of a legend of unrequited love with contemporary aspects of family, honor, and relationships.

Handsome, carefree Patrice (Jean Marais) is an orphan who lives with his wealthy single uncle Marc (Jean Murat), his meddling aunt Gertrude (Yvonne de Bray) and her husband (Jean d'Yd) in a grand castle estate. Gertrude, an overbearing mother, is forever lamenting over her own son, a dwarf named Achille (Pierre Pieral in an amazing performance) who is prone to reckless, angry, and often evil acts. Thinking Gertrude will cease worrying about her family if her brother Marc finds a bride, Patrice sets out to find one for him, only to fall in love with the beautiful, elusive, and psychologically scarred Natalie (Madeleine Sologne). When Achille tries to poison the pair, he inadvertently slips a love potion into their drinks, unleashing their mutual desire. Patrice is banned from the castle by his jealous uncle, and tries to forget his love with another Natalie (Junie Astor), a sensible woman who is desperately in love with him. What follows then is a series of illusions, suspicions, and deceptions, dramatically played out to the end in this visually stunning, captivating film.

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