France, 1936-37. The Popular Front wins elections, the Spanish Civil War begins, and Hitler and Stalin are manipulating and spying. The brilliant exile, Fiodor Voronin, a general at 20, is the deputy at the White Russian Military Union, probably slated to replace the aging Général Dobrinsky soon. Fiodor’s Greek wife, Arsinoé, paints and stays away from politics, befriending Communist neighbors. Her health declines; the attentive Fiodor arranges care and, against the backdrop of Stalin’s Great Purge, considers his options. He plays a chess game in which love of country, love of Arsinoé, ideology, petty jealousies, and the machinations of power roil in matters of life and death.
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Jacqueline Audry usually approached her text with great reverence, but here she was revisionist to the point of destruction. Quite why screenwriter Pierre Laroche felt it necessary to emasculate Jean-Paul Sartre’s existential masterpiece remains a mystery. Yet it’s plain to see what a disservice his decision to add extra characters and incorporate other-worldly flashbacks does to the relentless intensity of the original drama, in which a recently deceased trio discover the bitter truth that “hell is other people”. However, Arletty imparts some much-needed class as the ageing lesbian desperately trying to dissuade flirty Gaby Sylvia from hitting on homosexual Frank Villard.
The Pirates of Blood River (1962) John Gilling, Kerwin Mathews, Glenn Corbett, Christopher Lee, Action, Adventure, Drama
In a village of Huguenot refugees, Jonathon Standing is exiled by his father to a nearby penal colony for his improper relationship with a married woman. This penal colony is then invaded by pirates who force Jonathan to lead them back to his village, convinced that it contains a great treasure.
Je ne suis pas là pour être aimé / Not Here to Be Loved (2005) Stéphane Brizé, Patrick Chesnais, Anne Consigny, Georges Wilson, Drama, Romance
The fifty years old Jean-Claude has a boring life, working in a notary office of his own and as court official evicting tenants or seizing properties, or spending the Sundays afternoons in the retirement home with his sour, rude and bitter father. When he has a minor heart problem, his doctor advises him to exercise, and Jean-Claude begins to have tango lessons in a studio in front of his office. He meets the charming forty and something years old Françoise, who is also having classes for her wedding party, and she recalls she was her neighbor in her childhood. They become close and love flourishes between them, changing their lives.
Terrain vague / Wasteland (1960) Marcel Carné, Danièle Gaubert, Roland Lesaffre, Maurice Caffarelli, Drama
The members of a criminal gang teenagers gather every day in an old warehouse, where the girl that leads gives the appropriate commands for each day. A young fresh from the reformatory attempt join the group.
Au pan coupé / Wall Engravings (1968) Guy Gilles, Macha Méril, Patrick Jouané, Bernard Verley, Drama
Jean Jeanne loves, but he does not think more than leave. One day flees down the road, then dies. Jeanne never know. In the absence of his beloved man, she remembers him and trusted his friend Pierre, telling your stay in Provence. Jeanne’s last words are: “Jean, everything is fragile. Can you live on a memory? “A young woman, Jeanne, waiting in a quaint cafe in Paris called” Au pan coupé “his friend, uchacho twenty years, Jean, who suddenly comes in and goes to her. Unbeknownst Moreover, the two lovers are at the end of his love, because that love, despite his youth and passion, to come to stall. Especially because of past michacho character, of his perpetual rebellion which, despite all their efforts, Jeanne has failed to quell…
Late nineteenth century. Young Kohana is sent to Yoshiwara, a suburb of Tokyo where exercise the profession of geisha. With the money you earn hopes to save the family estate. When she meets Serge Polenoff, a Russian lieutenant, falls in love with him.
Édouard et Caroline / Edward and Caroline (1951) Jacques Becker, Daniel Gélin, Anne Vernon, Elina Labourdette, Comedy
Edouard is a pianist, married with Caroline. This evening, they are invited to Claude’s. Claude is the snobbish uncle of Caroline, his son Alain (as snobbish as his father) is in love with Caroline. They spite Edouard a little because he’s poor. At the party, Edouard must play the piano to make himself known by Claude’s important acquaintances. But just before leaving, Edouard and Caroline quarrel about clothes, and Edouard goes alone…
Falbalas / Paris Frills (1945) Jacques Becker, Raymond Rouleau, Micheline Presle, Jean Chevrier, Drama, Romance
A philandering young dress designer plays fast and loose with the hearts of all the fair maidens he encounters, and leaves them in a Paris lurch. But when he meets the fiancée of his best friend, he falls deeply and truly in love with her. The girl is soon faced with two choices; marry the reliable fiancée whom she doesn’t love, or run off with the dress designer with whom she is infatuated. She sees that she also has a third option and makes the wise choice…she rejects both. The dress designer is not too well equipped for accepting rejection, and he makes a bad decision.