Tag Archives: Daniel Gélin

La ligne de démarcation / Line of Demarcation (1966) Claude Chabrol, Jean Seberg, Maurice Ronet, Daniel Gélin, Drama

La Ligne de Demarcation (1966)
A small village in the Jura is divided by the river Loue which marks the line of demarcation between Nazi occupied France and freedom. A French officer, Pierre, is released by the Nazi soldiers to find his chateau converted into a German command centre. Whilst he is obliged to co-operate with the enemy, his wife Mary plays a hand in supporting the French resistance. The Nazis step up their activity against the resistance, insisting that any who attempt to cross the line of demarcation will be shot. When his wife is arrested, Pierre decides to switch his allegiance…

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Le souffle au coeur / Murmur of the Heart (1971) Louis Malle, Lea Massari, Benoît Ferreux, Daniel Gélin, Drama, Comedy

Le souffle au coeur AKA Murmur of the Heart (1971)
This is a jolly coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old boy named Laurent Chevalier who is growing up in bourgeois surroundings in Dijon, France. This is France in the mid-1950s rather than America in the 1990s. Thus, Laurent is unharmed by events which would irreparably shatter the self-esteem of a modern American adolescent: he gets drunk, he smokes, he has sex, he is smothered by his mother, he is ignored by his father, a priest makes a pass at him, he gets rheumatoid fever, etc. There’s enough scandalous behavior in this film to make 100 made-for-TV movies, and yet this is a very happy and oddly innocent tale.

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La proie pour l’ombre / Shadows of Adultery (1961) Alexandre Astruc, Annie Girardot, Daniel Gélin, Christian Marquand, Drama

La proie pour l'ombre (Alexandre Astruc, 1961)
Anna, twenty-seven, married to building contractor Eric, refuses to live in his wake. Craving independence, she can exist through the art gallery she runs, but isn’t this occupation a mere wholesome distraction? When she meets Bruno and become his lover she thinks she will find fulfillment only to realize that she is just another plaything in a man’s hands.

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