Tag Archives: Georges Lautner

The Murdered House / La maison assassinée (1988) Georges Lautner, Patrick Bruel, Anne Brochet, Agnès Blanchot, Crime, Mystery, Drama

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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

L'oeil du Monocle (1962)
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

Ne nous fachons pas (1966)
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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