Aged penniless actors are living in a old people's home. They always talk about their past glory or failures. One day Raphael Saint-Clair comes; he has been a famous actor and had a lot of ... See full summary »
Tartarin is the local hero in the small provincial town of Tarascon. He shows off about imaginary adventures in Africa, where he has never been, as a Lion Hunter, which he is only in his ... See full summary »
André Chatelin is a restaurant owner in Les Halles in Paris. One morning, a girl named Catherine asks to see him. She happens to be the daughter of his estranged wife, Gabrielle, that André... See full summary »
Those five are unemployed penniless workers. Together they win 100,000 Francs with the national lottery. Instead of sharing the money, they buy a ruin and build an open-air cafe. But ... See full summary »
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.
In the suburbs of Paris, an old maid has just been murdered. Every body talks about that, except the misanthrope Mr Hire. The same evening, Alice, just getting out of jail, arrives and ... See full summary »
Marianne, a stage actress, has decided to give up her career in order to marry a wealthy nobleman, Marquis Antoine de Fontaines. As a wedding present Antoine gives his future wife a ... See full summary »
Charlie competes with his fellow shop assistant. He is fired by the pawnbroker and rehired. He nearly destroys everything in the shop and and himself. He helps capture a burglar. He destroys a client's clock while examining it in detail.
After Paris Marseilles is arguably the most popular setting for French movies. Robert Guideguian is steeped in the tradition of Marcel Pagnol but in between everyone and his Uncle Max seems to have had a go with varying results - Borsalino and the Taxi series were undoubted hits but there have been others, like this one, that are never going to make it outside France. Maurice Tourneur's track record stretches back to the days of the Silents whilst his son, Jacques, has given us such fare as 'Cat People', 'The Flame And The Arrow', 'Out Of The Past (Build My Gallows High') etc. Justin de Marseilles delivers some very 'moody' photography, 'cluttered' docksides - easy to see where Josef Von Sternberg got his ideas - and a Pagnolian sense of community. 70 years on the story make creak a tad but (Antonin) Berval as Justin and Ghislaine Bru as Totone are solid leads. For the record this was the movie that introduced Tino Rossi to an indifferent world but nobody's perfect. 7/10
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