Promise at Dawn (1970)

101 mins | Biography | 1970

Director:

Jules Dassin

Writer:

Jules Dassin

Producer:

Jules Dassin

Cinematographer:

Jean Badal

Editor:

Robert Lawrence

Production Designer:

Alexandre Trauner
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HISTORY

Location scenes were filmed in Nice, Paris, and the U.S.S.R. The film opened in Paris in Nov 1970 as La promesse de l'aube . Perlo Vita is a pseudonym for Jules ... More Less

Location scenes were filmed in Nice, Paris, and the U.S.S.R. The film opened in Paris in Nov 1970 as La promesse de l'aube . Perlo Vita is a pseudonym for Jules Dassin. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Jules Dassin Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Location filming in U.S.S.R. coop
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play First Love by Samuel Taylor (New York opening: 25 Dec 1961) and the novel La promesse de l'aube by Romain Gary (Paris, 1960).
SONGS
"Nina," music by Georges Delerue, lyrics by Richelle Dassin, translated into Russian by Elsa Triolet.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
La promesse de l'aube
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 16 December 1970
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
De Luxe
Duration(in mins):
101
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Nina Kacew, a flamboyant Russian actress who appears in silent films made in Leningrad during the 1920's, has grandiose ambitions for her 9-year-old son, Romain, and devotes her life to making them come true. Attempting to end her affair with movie idol Ivan Mosjoukine (who Romain later learns is his father), Nina joins an acting troupe that ends its tour in Krakow, Poland, where Nina pretends to represent a Paris designer and opens a dress shop. When her fraud is exposed, Nina takes Romain to Nice and befriends Jean-Michel Serusier, a jeweler. In order to pay for Romain's education, Nina plunges into a variety of jobs. Encouraged by his mother to pursue a literary career, Romain attempts to fulfill her ambitions, especially when he learns that she is suffering from diabetes. When World War II breaks out, Romain joins the French Air Force and later the R.A.F. in England. Wounded in action, he recuperates in a North African hospital, where Nina's letters still manage to reach him, each one expressing her love and belief in him. After France's liberation, Romain returns to Nice a hero and plans to present to Nina the Cross of the Liberation he was awarded by General de Gaulle. He learns, however, that Nina died more than 2 years ago but had written 250 letters in advance to sustain him through the ... +


Nina Kacew, a flamboyant Russian actress who appears in silent films made in Leningrad during the 1920's, has grandiose ambitions for her 9-year-old son, Romain, and devotes her life to making them come true. Attempting to end her affair with movie idol Ivan Mosjoukine (who Romain later learns is his father), Nina joins an acting troupe that ends its tour in Krakow, Poland, where Nina pretends to represent a Paris designer and opens a dress shop. When her fraud is exposed, Nina takes Romain to Nice and befriends Jean-Michel Serusier, a jeweler. In order to pay for Romain's education, Nina plunges into a variety of jobs. Encouraged by his mother to pursue a literary career, Romain attempts to fulfill her ambitions, especially when he learns that she is suffering from diabetes. When World War II breaks out, Romain joins the French Air Force and later the R.A.F. in England. Wounded in action, he recuperates in a North African hospital, where Nina's letters still manage to reach him, each one expressing her love and belief in him. After France's liberation, Romain returns to Nice a hero and plans to present to Nina the Cross of the Liberation he was awarded by General de Gaulle. He learns, however, that Nina died more than 2 years ago but had written 250 letters in advance to sustain him through the war. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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