Jeanne lives in Paris and believes she is the reincarnation of Don Juan. She visits a priest and tells him she has killed a man. He comes to her elegant flat – her father has died leaving her rich – and she tells the priest stories about men she has seduced. The seduction is easy, she tells him, it’s destruction that takes planning. We watch her with an upright elected official, a wealthy boor, and a folk singer. She describes herself as a spider. Her friend Léporella tries to be Jeanne’s conscience. What does Jeanne want?
Tag Archives: Italy
Marguerite de la nuit / Marguerite of the Night (1955) Claude Autant-Lara, Michèle Morgan, Yves Montand, Jean Debucourt, Drama, Fantasy
Folle à tuer / Mad Enough to Kill (1975) Yves Boisset, Marlène Jobert, Tomas Milian, Thomas Waintrop, Drama, Thriller
Julie Ballenger has spent the last five years in a psychiatric clinic. Leaving the clinic, apparently cured, she is engaged by a wealthy industrialist, Mostri, to work as a governess to his young nephew, Thomas. The boy is heir to a huge fortune after the recent death of his wealthy parents, in mysterious circumstances. During a visit to a park, Julie and Thomas are kidnapped at gun-point and driven away to deserted quarry. The two hostages manage to escape, but are closely pursued by an armed killer…
Agostino d’Ippona / Augustine of Hippo (1972) Roberto Rossellini, Dary Berkani, Virgilio Gazzolo, Cesare Barbetti, Biography, History
This biography tells the life story of Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo, a North African region during the last years of the Roman Empire. The film details Augustine’s struggle to maintain religious decorum in a civilization on the verge of plunging into the Dark Ages.
Cartouche / Swords of Blood (1962) Philippe de Broca, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claudia Cardinale, Jess Hahn, Action, Comedy, Adventure
In the 18th century, Louis de Bourguignon is working with the Malichot’s gang, but their ways are too ‘unethical’ for him. He creates his own band, acting under the name of Cartouche, making audacious robberies of the rich people, and even distributing the takings with the poor. Thus, cartouche attracts the people’s sympathies, Venus’s love, and hate from the Police and Malichot… Cartouche can escape all the traps they set at him – except the entrapments of love. Eventually, he will be saved by a woman, at her own cost.
Va savoir / Who Knows? (2001) Jacques Rivette, Jeanne Balibar, Sergio Castellitto, Marianne Basler, Comedy, Crime, Drama
The theatre world is a familiar setting for the films of Rivette. In Va savoir, the characters, all quick-witted, well-read and cultured types, revolve around each other in a delightful potpourri of theatre, romance and theft. In the end, everything lands on its feet and they all get the partner they deserve, but before then, long filmer Rivette takes two and a half hours to dwell lightly on the vicissitudes around the six protagonists. Camille is an actress with an Italian company that is in Paris to perform a play by Pirandello, Come tu mi vuoi. Her boyfriend Ugo is the director and the company’s most important actor. Both have a hidden agenda for their trip to Paris: Camille meets her ex Pierre, a professor of philosophy, while Ugo is secretly researching a supposedly lost play by Goldoni. In the archives, he is assisted by the charming student Do, who steals his heart. In turn, Do has a link with Pierre: her stepbrother, the playwright Arthur, namely steals an expensive ring from …
Passione d’amore / Passion of Love (1981) Ettore Scola, Bernard Giraudeau, Valeria D’Obici, Laura Antonelli, Drama, Romance
In the 1860’s, Giorgio (Giraudeau), a young Italian soldier is sent to a remote post, far away from his lover, Clara (Antonelli). He is lodged in the house of the colonel (Girotti). He becames friends with the colonel and the local doctor (Trintignant). Among the inhabitants of the house, there is a strange young woman – Fosca (d’Obici) who is both unattractive and mad. However, she has a passion that Giorgio will have to cope with.
Fotografando Patrizia / The Dark Side of Love (1984) Salvatore Samperi, Monica Guerritore, Lorenzo Lena, Gianfranco Manfredi, Drama, Erotic
36 vues du Pic Saint Loup / Around a Small Mountain (2009) Jacques Rivette, Jane Birkin, Sergio Castellitto, André Marcon, Comedy, Drama
Kate (Jane Birkin) is driving along a winding mountain road when her car stalls. Vittorio (Sergio Castellitto) happens along, stops, and fixes her car without ever speaking to her. After he drives away, he slows down and decides to turn back. Something about the woman has interested him.
Later in town, Vittorio learns that Kate has returned to join her family’s traveling circus after leaving under mysterious conditions fifteen years ago. Kate’s lover was killed during a performance. Intrigued by Kate’s story, Vittorio stays for the show, and then decides to stay in town for a while, booking the room above a local cafe. He begins to attend all the shows, fascinated by the circus and the lives of its performers—all the while trying to discover the secret that led to Kate’s sudden departure.
When the circus caravan leaves town, Vittorio follows. With nowhere to go and nothing else to do, both he and Kate seem to be running away with the circus. Gradually he learns about the buried past of the circus and the buried careers of its performers.
Più buio di mezzanotte / Darker Than Midnight (2014) Sebastiano Riso, Davide Capone, Vincenzo Amato, Lucia Sardo, Drama
Davide is different from the other teenagers. Something makes him look like a girl. Davide is fourteen when he runs away from home. His intuition leads him to choose Villa Bellini, a park in Catania, as a refuge. The park is a world in itself, a world of the marginalized, to which the rest of the city turns a blind eye. But one day the past catches up and Davide has to face the most difficult choice, this time alone.