Normandy, second half of the nineteenth century. Jeanne Dandieu lives in a manor house with her parents and their servant Rosalie. She gets to know Julien, a handsome man, whom she soon ... See full summary »
Helene Regnier's husband Charles, who is mentally ill, injures their son Michel in a rage. Charles moves back in with his wealthy and manipulative parents, who blame Helene for their son's ... See full summary »
Anna, twenty-seven, married to building contractor Eric, refuses to live in his wake. Craving independence, she can exist through the art gallery she runs, but isn't this occupation a mere ... See full summary »
Through her answers to police inspector Corbin's questions, investigating Dr Danieli's suicide, Catherine Racan draws her self-portrait. The ambitious young journalist indeed tells how she ... See full summary »
Frédéric, a shy small-town man, falls in love with Anne, a middle class woman married to Didier, who cheats on her with top model Barbara. Catherine, a very determined woman, is secretly in... See full summary »
The term "Camera -Stylo" (=movie camera pen) was never better applied than on "Le Rideau Cramoisi" ,a medium-length based on a short story taken from Barbey D'Aurevilly's "Les Diaboliques" -which HG Clouzot quotes at the beginning of his own "Diaboliques".
"Le Rideau Cramoisi" is not a thriller,mind you -although in its way,it is ,as the lovers might be discovered every time they meet. Camera pen ,for the whole story is told by the hero in voice over;the four principals do not say a single line ,but it has nothing to do with the silent era:their playing is what you should call "underplaying" and they all move in a gloomy atmosphere of a bourgeois mansion.
The viewers ,not familiar with the short story,might find the ending cynical and a bit macho;I must say I like Astruc's "Une Vie" (more conventional in its form) best.
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