Tag Archives: french

Préparez vos mouchoirs / Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978) Bertrand Blier, Gérard Depardieu, Carole Laure, Patrick Dewaere, Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Solange is depressed: she’s stopped smiling, she eats little, she says less. She has fainting fits. Her husband Raoul seeks to save her by enlisting Stephane, a stranger, to be her lover. Although he listens to Mozart and has every Pocket Book arranged in alphabetical order, Stephane fails to cheer Solange. She knits. She does housework. Everyone, including their neighbor a vegetable vendor, agrees that she needs a child, yet she fails to get pregnant by either lover. The three take a job running a kids’ summer camp where they meet Christian, the precocious 13-year-old son of the local factory manager. It is Christian who restores Solange to laughter.

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L’arme à gauche / The Dictator’s Guns (1965) Claude Sautet, Lino Ventura, Sylva Koscina, Leo Gordon, Crime, Drama

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Jacques Cournot, a freelance skipper, is hired by Mr Hendrix in Santo Domingo, first of all to advise him regarding the acquisition of a sailing boat. After a thorough inspection of a prospective vessel, the “Dragoon”, Cournot reports his positive appraisal to Mr Hendrix and initiates the negotiations with Mrs Osborne, the owner of the craft. Barely a couple of days later, Cournot finds himself in a bind as the police questions him about the exact kind of cruise he was supposed to organize for his principal. For the “Dragoon” is gone; Mr Hendrix has disappeared; Mrs Osborne is not aware of any deal; and the corpses of mysterious individuals, victims of a violent death, are found on the beaches of Santo Domingo.

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Death of a Salesman / Mort d’un Commis Voyageur (1985) Volker Schlöndorff, Dustin Hoffman, Kate Reid, John Malkovich, Drama

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Willy Loman, a salesman based in New York City, returns home from a trip to Yonkers where his sons, Biff and Happy, and his wife, Linda, greet him. Biff, who had been working on a farm in Texas, talks to Happy about working outside, and how this house brings back bad memories, and boxes him in. Willy goes outside and flashes back to Biff’s childhood: Biff is the star quarterback of his high school football team, and the Lomans’ neighbor, Bernard, advises him to study math, but Biff and Happy ignore him and carry on playing football. Later on in the flashback, Willy goes inside, where Linda talks to him about their budget. Willy is reminded of an encounter he had with The Woman, during which he gave her some red silk stockings, with lettering along the sides that said “scarlet’s dream”, and when he returns from the flashback, he sees Linda mending some stockings and snatches them away in guilt. Later, he and Charley engage in a card game (casino), during which Willy is reminded of his brother Ben. Ben begins a dialogue with him, and Willy contemplates why he
can’t become successful.

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Terre battue / 40-Love (2014) Stéphane Demoustier, Olivier Gourmet, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Charles Mérienne, Drama

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Determined to no longer work for anyone else, Jérôme tries to set up his own company, no matter the cost and despite his wife’s reluctance. Ugo, their 11-year-old son, plays tennis and wants to become a champion. To do so, he must get into the French national tennis training school at Roland Garros.
Like his father, Ugo is ready to do anything to achieve his aims. Together, Ugo and Jérôme come to learn that you can’t bend the rules in order to succeed.

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La resa dei conti / The Big Gundown (1966) Sergio Sollima, Lee Van Cleef, Tomas Milian, Walter Barnes, Western

La resa dei conti (Sergio Sollima, 1966)
Jonathan Corbett is a gunman so brave to have eliminated all the bandits of Texas. For this he is proposed for the candidacy to the Senate of the United States. In exchange he has only to support the construction of one railway line. Only after he accepts does he come to know that the Mexican Cuchillo has raped and killed a 12 year old girl. Corbett leaves on a long manhunt during which he gets to know his adversary better and discovers a variation on the crime for which the accused Cuchillo may not be as guilty as he first thought.

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We’re no Angels / La Cuisine des Anges (1955) Michael Curtiz, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray, Comedy, Crime, Romance

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The action takes place on Devil’s Island, the tropical backwater where the notorious French prison was located. Three convicts, played by Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray, and Peter Ustinov, have escaped, and wait only for a ship to leave the next day. In the meantime, they become involved in the financial woes of an island shopkeeper (Leo G. Carroll) and his wife (Joan Bennett) and daughter, whose business is in danger from a rich, nasty relative (Basil Rathbone).

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Forfaiture (1937) Marcel L’Herbier, Victor Francen, Sessue Hayakawa, Louis Jouvet, Drama

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Un riche collectionneur japonais propose a Edith, dame du grand monde, de lui donner l’argent qu’elle a detourne, produit d’une vente de charite, a l’unique condition qu’elle se donne a lui. Malgre sa repugnance, Edith accepte. Mais elle regagne au jeu la somme escroquee… Ce film est un remake du film de Cecil B. De Mille “The Cheat” et un de ces grands succes qui deciderent plusieurs cineastes en herbe francais a se lancer definitivement dans la carriere cinematographique.

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