MENACES (THREATS), by Edmond T Gréville, with Eric
Von Stroheim. This film was prohibited during the occupation years,
and will only be available after the Liberation. Mireille Balin
and Eric Von Stroheim become friends.
COUP DE FEU (GUNSHOT), by Rene Barbéris, then RAPPEL
IMMEDIAT (IMMEDIATE CALL), by Leon Mathot, with Eric Von
Stroheim and Roger Duchesne.
MACAO, LENFER DU JEU (GAMBLING HELL), by Jean Delannoy,
from a novel by Maurice Dekobra, still with Eric Von Stroheim. The
story was supposed to happen in China, but was actually shot in
the south of France. The movie was forbidden by the nazis, and all
the scenes with Eric Von Stroheim were remade with Pierre Renoir
(brother of Jean Renoir) instead.
September 1st : Germany invades Poland.
September 3rd : France declare war on Germany.
DERNIER REFUGE, by Jacques Constant (from Le Locataire, written
by Georges Simenon). The film was stopped by the war, then lost
in a fire.
LE SIEGE DE LALCAZAR (THE SIEGE OF THE ALCAZAR), second
film with Augusto Genina, shot in Cinecittà. This movie will
cause many troubles to Mireille balin after the war, because it
was a pro-fascist film...
May 10: Germany invades France.
June 17: Armistice. German troops occupy France. Mireille Balins
apartment is requisitioned. She moves to Cannes with Tino Rossi.
FROMONT JEUNE ET RISLER AINE, by Leon Mathot. Mireille Balin is
regulary seen at german embassy parties. She buys herself a new
apartment, avenue dIéna (Paris 16e).
June 22, Germany attacks the USSR.
In September, Mireille Balin separates from Tino Rossi.
Mireille Balin meets Birl Desbok, young Wehrmacht officer at the
German embassy. Its love at first sight.
More movies : LA FEMME QUE JAI LE PLUS AIMEE, by Robert Vernay,
with Arletty, then LASSASSIN A PEUR LA NUIT, by Jean Delannoy,
with Jules Berry, from a scenario by Pierre Véry.
Mireille Balin and Birl Desbok now live together in Cannes.
DERNIER ATOUT, by Jacques Becker, then HAUT-LE-VENT, by Jacques
de Baroncelli, with Charles Vanel. Despite the german occupation,
its a kind of golden age for french cinema.
In November, she get engaged to Birl Desbok.
MALARIA, by Jean Gourguet, her next to last film.
Mireille Balin stays in Paris or Cannes, still with Birl Desbok.
31 mars : the Paris Nuit du Cinéma.
June 6 : D-day. The battle of Normandie begins.
August 26 : Liberation of Paris. Mireille Balin and Birl Desbok
flee away, trying to reach the Italian border. They hide in the
cellar of a building near Beausoleil, close to Nice.
September 28 : They both get arrested by some « resistants
». Mireille Balin is raped and beaten, then taken to prison.
Birl Desbok was probably killed.
January 3 : Mireille Balin gets out of jail. She is forbiden to
work for one year. Her apartment has been devastated. In summer
she falls sick : typhus.
LA DERNIERE CHEVAUCHEE, by Leon Mathot, last Mireille Balin movie.
Totally out of money, Mireille Balin must sell her apartment and
villa in Paris and Cannes. Her friend Leon Mathot finds her a very
small house for rent in Cannes.
Alcohol problems. Skin disease.
Her house is sold. Mireille Balin goes to Nice hospital. Then she
moves to Paris, rue des Acacias, to live with her cousin, Thérèse.
But Thérèse dies in an air crash and Mireille Balin
has to take refuge in a small hotel, the Villiers Hotel, rue Claude
Mireille Balin is rescued by La Roue Tourne, a solidarity association
managed by Paul Azaïs, who gets her a small apartment in Paris,
close to the Place de la Republique. In January, she is operated
on to cure her face disease. Mireille Balin hopes she might be able
to make a come-back, but the operation is a failure. Alcoholism.
Beginning of cirrhosis.
November 9 : Mireille Balin dies at the Beaujon Hospital in Clichy,
near Paris, broke and forgotten. Her body is buried in Saint Ouen
cemetery, square 31. A few years later, in 1973, Jean Tissier, another
forgotten actor, will be buried beside her.
Mireille Balin ou La Beauté Foudroyée. Daniel Arsand.
Editions de la Manufacture, 1989.
Tino Rossi et Mireille Balin. Maurice Berthon, Paris, R. Debresse,
Le Cinéma Français Sous lOccupation. René
La Vie Parisienne Sous l'Occupation, Hervé le Boterf, éditions