Tag Archives: french

Boulevard (1960) Julien Duvivier, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Monique Brienne, Pierre Mondy, Comedy, Drama

Boulevard (1960)
Jojo has been living for a while in a room under the roof of a block of flats in Pigalle. He has chosen to leave home since he realized his stepmother has hated him from day one. Among his many neighbors in the house is the gorgeous Jenny Dorr, a nightclub dancer,whose lover he dreams of becoming. But as the boy is only sixteen Jenny proves kind and motherly but that’s that. Worse, she becomes the lover of Dicky, a mediocre boxer farting around in the Pigalle cafés. On the other hand, Jojo, who has no income, must absolutely find work, all the more as he woos Marietta, one of his other neighbors, a young lady more suited to his age. Selling magazines works for a while but posing as Narcissus for two gay artists proves a disaster.
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Rafles sur la ville / Sinners of Paris (1958) Pierre Chenal, Charles Vanel, Bella Darvi, Danik Patisson, Crime, Drama

Rafles sur la ville (1958)
Le Fondu, a famous gangster, escapes from the hospital where he was detained, killing an inspector in the process. The colleague of the deceased inspector, Paul Vardier, vows to avenge him. The task seems hopeless: Le Fondu has disappeared without a trace and nobody has a clue about his hide-out. There is only one faint possibility left: coerce Le Fondu’s nephew into becoming an informer. Paul gets assigned as buddy Gilbert Barot, fresh from the police academy, and whose alluring wife Lucie quickly arouses the interest of Paul. Paul is quickly led to play two dangerous games simultaneously seducing the wife of his colleague, and tracking with him Le Fondu, who himself does not remain inactive…
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Les jeux de la Comtesse Dolingen de Gratz / The Games of Countess Dolingen (1981) Catherine Binet, Michael Lonsdale, Carol Kane, Katia Wastchenko, Drama, Arthouse

Les jeux de la Comtesse Dolingen de Gratz
In Paris, a young woman, Louise Haines Pearson, visits her disturbed friend Nena who tells her that she has just written a book on the history of a little girl troubled by her senses, perhaps because of the tyranny of his mother and the absence of her father. Louise recognizes the difficulties of this little girl, being herself deeply affected by the indifference of her husband.
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Paris nous appartient / Paris Belongs to Us (1961) Jacques Rivette, Betty Schneider, Giani Esposito, Françoise Prévost, Mystery

Paris nous appartient (1961)
Anne Goupil is a literature student in Paris in 1957. Her elder brother, Pierre, takes her to a friend’s party where the guests include Philip Kaufman, an expatriate American escaping McCarthyism, and Gerard Lenz, a theatre director who arrives with the mysterious woman Terry. The talk at the party is about the apparent suicide of their friend Juan, a Spanish activist who had recently broken up with Terry. Philip warns Anne that the forces that killed Juan will soon do the same to Gerard. Gerard is trying to rehearse Shakespeare’s “Pericles”, although he has no financial backing. Anne takes a part in the play to help Gerard, and to try to discover why Juan died.
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Sans lendemain / There’s No Tomorrow (1939) Max Ophüls, Edwige Feuillère, George Rigaud, Daniel Lecourtois, Drama

Sans lendemain (1940)
The story of a once-respectable woman who re-encounters her first love, now a successful doctor. Reduced to nude-dancing in a sleazy dive, with a son to support, Evelyne (Edwige Feuillère) borrows money at an outrageous interest rate in order to create a facade of respectability–and, it goes without saying, Georges falls in love with her all over again. But how can Evelyne maintain her bourgeois value and save son and “father” from the consequences of her fall?
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Le journal de Lady M / The Diary of Lady M (1992) Alain Tanner, Myriam Mézières, Juanjo Puigcorbé, Félicité Wouassi, Drama, Erotic

Le journal de Lady M (1992)
She’s a beautiful gifted performer, but her work is not the sort that invites popular acclaim. Despite the fact that she is unlikely to become famous, she enjoys her life as a performer who lives just outside the mainstream. Awaiting her backstage one evening is a Spanish painter who has seen her show and wants to make her acquaintance. They walk around Paris getting to know one another, and then the painter returns to Spain. Something about the man has moved Lady M to passion: she flies to meet him in Barcelona and he shows her his beloved Catalonia. This time, however, their relationship is as much about passionate lovemaking as it is about compatibility. So smitten is Lady M with her new man that when she discovers that the painter has a black wife and child, she is only a little bit taken aback and she invites his whole family to join her in Paris. Surprisingly, they do, and the number of people sharing their love and sexual appetites changes from two to three.
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