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A man is torn between tackling a sinister crime syndicate or turning a blind eye to the suffering it creates.

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Trevor Howard, Anouk Aimée, Herbert Lom
Stresemann (1957)
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Director: Alfred Braun
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A Dutch company's owner bankrupts his own company, burns the incriminating ledgers and plans to run to Paris with the company payroll but he is caught in the act by his accountant who challenges his actions, leading to a reversal of roles.

Director: Harold French
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Angelo, a glass-blower from Murano, and Georgia Maglia, the pretty daughter of a fallen fascist magistrate, are chosen to be the stand-ins for the stars of a film version of "Romeo and ... See full summary »

Director: André Cayatte
Stars: Serge Reggiani, Anouk Aimée, Pierre Brasseur
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In pre-war France, children were jailed under horrific conditions. The film tells of the massive escape that took place on the island of Belle-Ile-en-Mer, and of the child hunt that ensued.

Director: Marcel Carné
Stars: Anouk Aimée, Arletty, René Blancard
Nina (1956)
Drama
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Director: Rudolf Jugert
Stars: Anouk Aimée, Karlheinz Böhm, Peter Carsten
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Maya (1949)
Drama
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Director: Raymond Bernard
Stars: Viviane Romance, Marcel Dalio, Jean-Pierre Grenier
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Viviane Romance ...
Flore
Clément Duhour ...
Constant
Guy Decomble ...
Lucien
Roland Armontel ...
Dial (as Armontel)
Santa Relli ...
Mme Djal (as Santa-Relli)
Guy Favières ...
Le syndiqué
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Anouk (as Anouk)
Paul Faivre ...
Maresquier
Max Dalban ...
La cafetier
Gabrielle Fontan ...
La commère
André Carnège ...
Le patron du bistrot
Marcel Delaître ...
Kappel
Dora Doll ...
La fille
Albert Glado ...
Le gosse
Zélie Yzelle ...
La mère (as Yzelle)
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I'd like to be under the sea....
29 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

...not in an octopus's garden ,but in a huge cave beneath the waves.

Henri Calef was an underrated director:after "Jericho" and "Les Chouans" ,he achieved a hat trick with "La Maison Sous La Mer".All of these movies deserve to be watched by people interested in the oldies of the French cinema ,provided that they are not New Wave die-hards of course.

Based on a Paul Vialar novel,the movie depicts the iron miners' tough life (they do not even have showers ).The first ten minutes is almost documentary:silent scenes show the miners at work,then they return home or to the café where they talk solidarity (" we've got to help our fellow man's widow,the bosses want to throw her out of her house "),women or trade unionism.

Flore has married Lucien ,a minor.He is a pretty good man,a bit indolent mainly in bed.The ticking of an alarm clock comes back several times,insistent ,and Flore feels that time is passing her by.She's a good housewife :Ginette Leclerc had begun to be sick and tired of her parts of bitches and she had already played a cast against type role in "Nuit Sans Fin" (1946).In "La Maison Sous La Mer" she used a sweet wistful voice,and her eyes were longing to find true romantic love .When Constant ,a newcomer to the village,takes her beneath the sea ,to a cave he calls "his house",it's love at first sight.Flore is not a bad woman,she does not want to hurt her husband ,but she can't help it.Lucien and Constant become friends too,and there is a wonderful scene when they talk about the woman of their dreams without knowing they have the same person in mind.

Claude Renoir's black and white cinematography is also an asset.The cable-cars ,under an ominous sky and over a sea so dark we hardly see it ,are filmed in a way that gives goose-flesh (one thinks of Jacques Tourneur's scenes on the derricks in "nightfall" (1956)).The final scene when the horizon seems to go up in smoke is one of these Renoir's tours De force.

Yes Henri Calef is definitely a director whose works should be rediscovered.


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