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Felicity Chaplin

Nelly’s plight that his attitude towards her softens into narcissistic love. Like all such love in Poetic Realism, it is doomed from the outset, and this is depicted in the film in a shot of Jean and Nelly framed in a window, the jamb of which passes between the two, signifying the impossibility of their union. The mystery of Nelly’s sexuality, the ‘obscure guilt’ which seems reflected in every look she directs towards Jean, can be explained in part by the fact that on the occasion of their first meeting Jean assumes she is a prostitute (‘faire le turf?’). He later

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