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Act of Love (1953 film)

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Act of Love
Act of Love FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byAnatole Litvak
Written byJoseph Kessel
Irwin Shaw
Based onThe Girl on the Via Flaminia
1949 novel
by Alfred Hayes
Produced byAnatole Litvak
StarringKirk Douglas
Dany Robin
CinematographyArmand Thirard
Edited byLéonide Azar (French)
William Hornbeck
Music byMichel Emer
Joe Hajos
Michel B. Rosenstein
Benagoss Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release dates
  • December 17, 1953 (1953-12-17) (United States)
  • May 7, 1954 (1954-05-07) (France)
Running time
95 minutes (French)
108 minutes (English)
United States
Box office1,048,123 admissions (France)[1]

Act of Love (French title: Un acte d'amour) is a 1953 American romantic drama film directed by Anatole Litvak, starring Kirk Douglas and Dany Robin. It is based on the 1949 novel The Girl on the Via Flaminia by Alfred Hayes.[2] A Parisian falls in love with an American soldier near the end of World War II.


Robert Teller (Kirk Douglas) visits a seaport in the south of France in the early 1950s. He reflects back to his time in the army shortly after Paris has been liberated.

Years earlier, to get away from the barracks and the other soldiers, Robert rents a room in a hotel-restaurant. Lise Guidayec (Dany Robin), an orphan without money or identity papers, seeks a way to escape from the authorities. She asks Robert to pass her off as his wife. Even though he does not inspire trust, she starts to fall in love. Lise tells of the time she was the most happy and secure—living in a little seaside village.

When a black market dragnet lands Lise in jail, she is humiliated because now she (like Jean Valjean) is branded a "criminal for life". By this time, Robert loves her deeply and is willing to marry her. In order to do so, Robert must obtain the approval of his commanding officer, who refuses because the captain thinks he knows what is best for his men. Robert is transferred away from Paris immediately. He deserts, but is arrested, causing him to miss his wedding to Lise.

His thoughts returning to the present, Robert runs into his old captain (who had been trying to place Robert's face). He hears the captain tell his wife what a troublemaker Robert was back then and how he "rescued" Robert from the clutches of a French girl. Robert then reveals that Lise committed suicide by drowning in the river shortly after he was transferred.



  1. ^ French box office information for film at Box Office Story
  2. ^ Zolotow, Sam (January 1, 1954). "HAYES' PLAY BOWS HERE NEXT MONTH / Circle in the Square to Offer 'Girl on the Via Flaminia,' Based on Author's Novel". The New York Times. Retrieved February 17, 2019.

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