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In a moment of madness a respectable pharmacist kills a young woman who is sun-bathing by a lake. Read More »
La Cage aux Folles 3: The Wedding (1985) Georges Lautner, Michel Serrault, Ugo Tognazzi, Antonella Interlenghi, Comedy
Third and final version of the La Cage aux Folles series has Renato’s drag queen lover Albin learning that he can inherit a vast fortune from a distant relative. Read More »
Newly arrived in Paris, Galia lives in a small apartment near Notre-Dame cathedral. One evening, whilst walking along the banks of the River Seine, she saves a young woman from drowning. Read More »
On aura tout vu / The Bottom Line (1976) Georges Lautner, Pierre Richard, Miou-Miou, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Comedy
An advertising photographer (Francois) has agreed to sell the poetic script of one of his friends to a porn-maker without his knowledge. Read More »
The Murdered House / La maison assassinée (1988) Georges Lautner, Patrick Bruel, Anne Brochet, Agnès Blanchot, Crime, Mystery, Drama
A French mystery story set in 1896 and 1914 about the infant survivor of a mysterious massacre at a provincial inn, who returns to the inn after serving in World War I, sets out to avenge his murdered parents by destroying it (hence the title), then gradually learns what actually happened. Georges Lautner (La cage aux folles III) does a routine job of directing Laurence Lemaire’s script, which is based on the novel of the same title by Pierre Magnan. Like any mystery worth its salt, this has more than a few surprises and delayed revelations up its sleeve, but in the meantime one has to put up with the implausibility of three attractive women in town (Agnes Blanchot, Anne Brochet, and Ingrid Held) flinging themselves at the mordant and inexpressive hero (Patrick Bruel); somewhat more interesting and appealing is his sensitive best friend (Yann Collette), another veteran, whose face is disfigured by a war wound. The various local cranks and other village characters cry out for the portraiture and shading of a Chabrol, and don’t get them, but this remains watchable enough for its sinuous plot (1988).
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L’oeil du Monocle / The Monocle (1962) Georges Lautner, Paul Meurisse, Elga Andersen, Gaia Germani, Comedy, Thriller
In 1943, a German commando conceals a large quantity of gold in an undersea cave on the coast of Corsica. Years later, Schlumpf, the sole survivor of the commando, returns to Corsica to recuperate the treasure – with British and Soviet spies on his heels, and closely monitored by Dromard, from the French intelligence services. The monocled Dromard is convinced that he can outfox his opponents, but difficulties accumulate: despite his plump appearance, Herr Schlumpf is a sly fellow; Corsica is teeming with treasure hunters from various nationalities; and all parties readily resort to unnatural alliances, brazen treachery, and strong-arm tactics. Who will get the treasure?
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Ne nous fâchons pas / Let’s Not Get Angry (1966) Georges Lautner, Lino Ventura, Mireille Darc, Jean Lefebvre, Comedy, Crime
One-time gangster Antoine Beretto is now enjoying a peaceful retirement on the coast, where he manages a successful boating club. One day, he receives a visit from one of his former accomplices who asks him for a substantial loan. The money will be rapid by a crook named Michalon, who is now in hiding in Nice. Antoine sets out to recover his money…
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Le monocle noir / The Black Monocle (1961) Georges Lautner, Paul Meurisse, Elga Andersen, Bernard Blier, Comedy, Crime
The Marquis de Villemaur reunite stranges visitors in his Castle, to meet a survivor of the 3rd Reich. There is an Italian fascist ; Heinrich, a German ; Matthias, a russian ; and Dromard, a blind French war hero, with a black monocle.
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Joyeuses Pâques / Happy Easter (1984) Georges Lautner, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Sophie Marceau, Marie Laforêt, Comedy
Industrial tycoon Stéphane Margelle is an incorrigible lady’s man. Caught by his wife Sophie in company of a charming young lady, Julie, he rushes to introduce the young woman as his daughter from a previous marriage. Sophie is not taken in but nonetheless decides to play him at his own game. And Stéphane gets trapped in his web of lies.
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