The Heart of a Nation

The Heart of a Nation (Untel père et fils)
Directed by Julien Duvivier
Produced by Paul Graetz
Written by Julien Duvivier
Marcel Achard
Charles Spaak
Starring Raimu
Michèle Morgan
Louis Jouvet
Music by Jean Wiener
Cinematography Jules Kruger
Edited by Marthe Poncin
Transcontinental Films
Distributed by A.F.E. Corporation (USA)
Universal Film S.A. (France)
Release dates
  • 7 April 1943 (1943-04-07) (U.S.)
  • 9 October 1945 (1945-10-09) (France)
Running time
113 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office 2,145,108 admissions (France) (1945)[1]

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.


Michèle Morgan

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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