Before the Deluge (1954)


Before the Deluge (1954)
Avant le déluge (original title)

Self-centered parents of the 50's targeted by drama in which teenagers panicking after burglary supposed to finance the run from the Third World War.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
IMDb  6.8 /10
Director André Cayatte
Writer André Cayatte
Writer Charles Spaak
Release Date1954-02-26
Runtime2h 18mins
GenreCrime, Drama
Content Rating
Awards2 wins & 1 nomination.
CompanyUnion Générale Cinématographique (UGC), Documento Film
CountryFrance, Italy
LanguageGerman, French
Monsieur Albert Dutoit (as Balpetre)
Jean-Jacques Noblet
Monsieur Marcel Noblet
Serge de Montesson
Jacques Chabassol
Jacques Chabassol
Jean Arnaud
Clément Thierry
Clément Thierry
Philippe Boussard (as Clement-Thierry)
Daniel Epstein
Léonce Corne
Léonce Corne
Le commissaire Auvain (as Leonce Corne)
Jacques Fayet
Jacques Fayet
Richard Dutoit
Monsieur Boussard
Madame Françoise Boussard
Le président du tribunal
Madame Arnaud (as Line Noro de la Comédie Française)
Marcel Pérès
Marcel Pérès
L'inspecteur Mallingré (as Marcel Peres)
Le garçon de café (as Albert Remy)

Before the Deluge

Before the Deluge (French: Avant le déluge) is a 1954 French-Italian drama film directed by André Cayatte. It was entered into the 1954 Cannes Film Festival. It was shot at the Billancourt Studios in Paris. The film's sets were designed by the art director Jacques Colombier.


Four boys and a girl want to get away from their parents and their country because they are afraid of an atomic war. They plan to use a boat to get to an idyllic island. When they realise their savings aren't sufficient they feel it was justified to obtain the required money by committing a crime.


  • Antoine Balpêtré as Monsieur Albert Dutoit (as Balpetre)
  • Paul Bisciglia as Jean-Jacques Noblet
  • Bernard Blier as Monsieur Marcel Noblet
  • Jacques Castelot as Serge de Montesson
  • Jacques Chabassol as Jean Arnaud
  • Clément Thierry as Philippe Boussard (as Clement-Thierry)
  • Roger Coggio as Daniel Epstein
  • Léonce Corne as Commissaire Auvain (as Leonce Corne)
  • Jacques Fayet as Richard Dutoit
  • Paul Frankeur as Monsieur Boussard
  • Isa Miranda as Madame Françoise Boussard
  • Carlo Ninchi as the presiding judge
  • Line Noro as Madame Arnaud (as Line Noro de la Comédie Française)
  • Marcel Pérès as Inspecteur Mallingré (as Marcel Peres)
  • Albert Rémy as waiter at the café (as Albert Remy)
  • Delia Scala as Josette
  • André Valmy as the second police inspecteur (as Andre Valmy)
  • Julien Verdier as the night watchman
  • Marina Vlady as Liliane Noblet
  • Maria Zanoli as Madame Dutoit (as Maria Emma Zanolli)