A thinly-disguised biography of African leader Patrice Lumumba, here called Lalubi. Read More »
Tag Archives: Jean Servais
A Dutch slave captain, on a voyage to Cuba, faces a revolt fomented by a newly captured African slave, Tamango. Read More »
Danielle Darrieux stars in this Belgian chiller as a songstress whose obsessively jealous husband suddenly dies. Read More »
In an unnamed Central American state on the eve of a crucial election Read More »
When a heist goes wrong a safe cracker (Robert Webber) looks for the person who’s betrayed him… Read More »
Une si jolie petite plage / Such a Pretty Little Beach (1949) Yves Allégret, Madeleine Robinson, Gérard Philipe, Jean Servais, Drama
During the cold and rainy off-season a man arrives in a seaside town and, giving his name only as Pierre, checks into the only hotel which remains open. Read More »
Celui qui doit mourir / He Who Must Die (1957) Jules Dassin, Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Grégoire Aslan, Drama
Greece, in the 1920’s, is occupied by the Turks. The country is in turmoil with entire villages uprooted. Read More »
Rififi / Du rififi chez les hommes (1955) Jules Dassin, Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel, Crime, Thriller, Film-Noir
After making such American noir classics as Brute Force and The Naked City, the blacklisted director Jules Dassin went to Paris and embarked on his masterpiece: a twisting, turning tale of four ex-cons who hatch one last glorious robbery in the City of Light. Rififi is the ultimate heist movie, a mélange of suspense, brutality, and dark humor that was an international hit, earned Dassin the best director prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and has proven wildly influential on the decades of heist thrillers that have come in its wake.
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Le château de verre / The Glass Castle (1950) René Clément, Michèle Morgan, Jean Marais, Jean Servais, Drama
Laurent Bertal is a successful attorney who lives in Berne with his beautiful and adoring wife Evelyne. Theirs appears to be the perfect marriage, but while on holiday in Italy Evelyne falls in love with a young Frenchman, Rémy. While Evelyne is profoundly unsettled by this romantic entanglement, Rémy regards it as a mere distraction and soon heads back to Paris where he lives with his mistress, Marion. One day, Evelyne is overjoyed when she receives an invitation from Rémy to spend a weekend with him in Paris. The morning after their first night together in Rémy’s apartment, Evelyne accidentally breaks a glass ornament in the shape of a castle. The incident proves to be an omen of bad luck.
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In the First World War, when Paris is expected to fall to the Germans, the attractive widow, Princesse de Bormes, organises a convoy of cars to evacuate the wounded from the front, and bring them back to her villa in Paris to recuperate. The authorities will not give them passes until an innocent 16-year-old boy, Guillaume Thomas de Fontenoy, joins them and is mistaken as the nephew of the popular General de Fontenoy. The Princess is enraptured by Thomas and her daughter, Henriette, falls in love with him. However Thomas feels impelled to see more of the action of the war.
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