Tag Archives: Henri Vidal

Sois belle et tais-toi / Be Beautiful But Shut Up (1958) Marc Allégret, Mylène Demongeot, Henri Vidal, Béatrice Altariba, Comedy

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The 17-year old wayward but wholesome orphan Virginie, played by the blond and creamy Mylene Demongeot as a sort of sweet-sultry blend of Sandra Dee and Brigitte Bardot, escapes from a reformatory with Olga, with the help of Olga’s boyfriend Loulou, in a vehicle he has “borrowed” from his boss, a fence. Unbeknownst to them, it contains a machine gun in the trunk used in a jewel robbery. The cops chase after them, and Virginie volunteers to get caught alone in the car as the couple make their hasty retreat. Delon and Belmondo play two overage juvenile delinquents who make their living smuggling cameras over the border to Germany. From that point on, things get sticky when Virginie is implicated in the crime and more so when she falls for handsome, virile detective Jean Morel (Henri Vidal). Further complications ensue when the ruthless criminal named Charlemagne (Roger Hanin) in charge of the racket enters the picture.
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Porte des Lilas / The Gates of Paris (1957) René Clair, Pierre Brasseur, Georges Brassens, Henri Vidal

Porte des Lilas (1957)
Juju, a drunken oaf who feels the need of being important to someone—anyone—and his friend, an artist, are forced at gunpoint to care for a fugitive, Peirre Barbier, in Juju’s broken-down home. The urge for being needed is such in Juju that he gives up drinking and takes care of Pierre, even after he learns that Pierre has been making love to Maria, the girl Juju loves. Plans are made for Pierre’s escape, and Maria is to join him over her father’s protests. Marua steals money from her father and begs Juju to take it to Pierre. When Juju finds that Pierre plans to double-cross Maria, he kills him. Juju takes the money to his artist-friend, he tells him to return it to Maria, as coming from Pierre, so she won’t think she has been betrayed. Juju returns to drinking and being a drunk.
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