Thomas the Impostor  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Thomas l'imposteur is a 1964 French movie directed by Georges Franju and starring Emmanuelle Riva, Fabrice Rouleau, Sophie Dares, Jean Marais and Charles Aznavour. It is based on a novel by Jean Cocteau.


It is during the First World War, and Paris is expected to fall to the Germans. The Princesse de Bormes, a widow, helps the wounded soldiers by evacuating them from the front. She arranges for a car convoy to bring them back to her villa in Paris for medical care so that they can recuperate. However, the authorities will not give the Princess and the soldiers passes to return to Paris. The situation changes when an innocent 16-year-old boy, Guillaume Thomas de Fontenoy, joins the authorities and is mistaken as the nephew of the popular General de Fontenoy. Thomas is able to use his positon of posing as the general's nephew to cut through the red tape, in order to help the Princess. She is entranced by Thomas, and her daughter, Henriette, falls in love with him. However, Thomas feels impelled to see more war action. Later, he is caught behind enemy lines when he is moved with a military unit into the heat of battle.

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