Andre Noblet, a 21-year-old French artist falls madly in love with Christine, the mother of two children. He tells Chistine he will tell all to her husband and demand her freedom. Christine...
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Three stories about the pleasure. The first one is about a man hiding his age behind a mask to keep going to balls and fancying women - pleasure and youth. Then comes the long tale of Mme ... See full summary »
Andre Noblet, a 21-year-old French artist falls madly in love with Christine, the mother of two children. He tells Chistine he will tell all to her husband and demand her freedom. Christine learns that her husband has been carrying on a romance of his own and they have a meeting. By the time Andre shows up, they have reconciled. He next moves on to Minouche, a divorcée, and takes her to a ski resort, where he breaks his leg on the first day and this hampers his love making. They meet another couple, Evelyne and her aged escort, Gatson Lebridel, and the couples end up exchanging partners. Time passes and Andre has now cultivated an attachment with Denise Aubusson, a widow and patron of the arts and artists, and Andre soon replaces the musician in her life. Denise has in her employ, Alice, a reformed thief, who reveals to Andre that Denise is a whole lot more than slightly older than he is. Andre is now an unattached man and when he learns that 17-year-old Catherine Michauld, a ... Written by
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Christian-Jaque , a very talented FRench director here takes his best shot with a cracker full of traditional clichés...at least in the first sketch which is mediocre Theatre de Boulevard ,saved by Daniel Gelin and Danielle Darrieux.
Things go better in the second segment (this is a movie made up of three sketches linked by scenes in the hero's neighbors' apartment).Charles Spaak shows some nastiness and cruelty between women.Let's point out that most of the movie takes place in rich wealthy milieus:very few people could afford winter Sports in 1952.
But the real meat here lies in the third segment ,a spoof on charity among the chic people ,a subject which is today more relevant than ever.Edwige Feuillère portrays a Lady Bountiful rolling in it who spends her time throwing parties,dancing or attending fund-raising receptions "to help the poor and the needy" .She has even hired as a secretary an ex-con :the humiliated girl has got to learn her lines well cause every time she meets one of her boss's guests she must tell her whole story,warts and all.
The "Centrale Catholique Du Cinema" gave the movie unanimous thumbs down:they asked the Christians to avoid this "immoral cynical " movie. The three segments are amorous memories of a young man (Daniel Gélin)about to marry his neighbor's daughter he used to help with her equations but who obviously preferred to lead a wild life instead of studying for her high school diploma.This seventeen-year-old girl is played By Antonella Lualdi who resembled Hilary Swank when she was young.
The cast and credits would have been original ,hadn't Sacha Guitry invented the trick long before Christian -Jaque.And anyway the very same year even that was dwarfed by Julien Duvivier's "La Fête A Henriette".
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