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Sergio Amidei (screenplay) (segment "Divorce, Le")
Paul Andréota (dialogue) (segment)
Release Date:
19 May 1954 (Sweden) See more »
A daring and delicate story of life, liberte and the pursuit of happiness
Four-episode Franco-Italian omnibus film. Four men from different national and cultural background take refuge in a cabin after being sidetracked by bad weather on their way to conference. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jeanne Moreau ... Jeanne Plisson (segment "Billet de logement, Le")

Richard Todd ... Capitaine Davidson (segment "Billet de logement, Le")

Dawn Addams ... Janet (segment "Divorce, Le")

Vittorio De Sica ... Roberto (segment "Divorce, Le")

Françoise Arnoul ... Martine (segment "Riviera-Express")
Marcel Mouloudji ... Ricky (segment "Riviera-Express")

Martine Carol ... Agnès de Rungis (segment "Lit de la Pompadour, Le")
François Périer ... Bertrand Germain-Latour (segment "Lit de la Pompadour, Le")

Bernard Blier ... Emile Bergeret (segment "Lit de la Pompadour, Le")
Nicole Jonesco ... (segment "Lit de La Pompadour, Le")
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lewis E. Ciannelli ... (uncredited)
Max Dalban ... (uncredited)

Paul Demange ... (uncredited)
Albert Duvaleix ... (uncredited)
Max Elloy ... Firmin (uncredited)
Paul Faivre ... (uncredited)
Grégoire Gromoff ... (uncredited)

Georges Lannes ... Le 2e président (uncredited)
Julien Maffre ... (uncredited)

Faye Marlowe ... (uncredited)
Albert Michel ... Un déménageur (segment "Le lit de la Pompadour") (uncredited)
Christiane Méra ... Edmée Serge (uncredited)
Raphaël Patorni ... Gaston Dulac (uncredited)
Robert Seller ... L'ami riche (uncredited)
Roger Vincent ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Henri Decoin (segment "Billet de logement, Le")
Jean Delannoy (segment "Lit de la Pompadour, Le")
Gianni Franciolini (segment "Divorce, Le")
Ralph Habib (segment "Riviera-Express")
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sergio Amidei  screenplay (segment "Divorce, Le")
Paul Andréota  dialogue (segment "Riviera-Express")
Paul Andréota  screenplay (segment "Riviera-Express")
Maurice Aubergé  dialogue (segments "Billet de logement, Le" and "Riviera-Express")
Maurice Aubergé  screenplay (segments "Billet de logement, Le" and "Riviera-Express")
Antoine Blondin  dialogue (segment "Lit de la Pompadour, Le")
Antoine Blondin  screenplay (segment "Lit de la Pompadour, Le")
Henri Decoin  segment "Billet de logement, Le"
Jean Delannoy  screenplay (segment "Lit de la Pompadour, Le")
Jacques Fano  dialogue (segment "Riviera-Express")
Jacques Fano  screenplay (segment "Riviera-Express")
Michel Kelber  idea (segment "Riviera-Express")
Roland Laudenbach  screenplay (segment "Lit de la Pompadour, Le")
Carlo Rim  idea (segment "Lit de la Pompadour, Le")
Niccolò Theodoli  dialogue (segment "Divorce, Le")
Niccolò Theodoli  screenplay (segment "Divorce, Le")

Produced by
Jacques Bar .... producer
Raymond Froment .... producer
Lorens Marmstedt .... producer
Julien Rivière .... producer
Original Music by
Mario Nascimbene (segment "Divorce, Le")
Georges Van Parys (segments "Billet de logement, Le", "Lit de la Pompadour, Le" and "Riviera Express")
Cinematography by
Léonce-Henri Burel (segment "Riviera-Express")
Michel Kelber (segment "Riviera-Express")
Christian Matras (segments "Billet de logement, Le" and "Lit de la Pompadour, Le")
Enzo Serafin (segment "Divorce, Le")
Film Editing by
James Cuenet (segments "Lit de la Pompadour, Le" and "Riviera-Express")
Denise Reiss (segment "Billet de logement, Le")
Production Design by
Franco Lolli (segment "Le divorce")
René Moulaert (segments "Le billet de logement" and "Riviera-Express") (as René Moulaërt)
René Renoux (segment "Le lit de la Pompadour")
Art Direction by
Franco Lolli 
Makeup Department
Georges Bouban .... makeup artist (segments "Lit de la Pompadour, Le") (segments "Riviera Express")
Joseph Mejinsky .... makeup artist (segment "Billet de logement, Le")
Production Management
Bianca Lattuada .... production manager (segment "Divorce, Le")
Julien Rivière .... production manager (segment "Riviera-Express")
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fabien Collin .... assistant director (segment "Billet de logement, Le")
Michel Deville .... assistant director (segment "Billet de logement, Le")
Claude Pinoteau .... assistant director (segment "Riviera-Express")
Jacques Rouffio .... assistant director (segment "Lit de la Pompadour, Le")
Pierre Zimmer .... assistant director (segment "Lit de la Pompadour, Le")
Sound Department
Joseph de Bretagne .... sound engineer (segment "Lit de la Pompadour, Le")
Tony Leenhardt .... sound (segment "Riviera-Express")
Robert Teisseire .... sound engineer (segment "Billet de logement, Le")
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosine Delamare .... costume designer (segment: "Lit de la Pompadour, Le")
Other crew
Madeleine Lefèvre .... script supervisor (segments "Billet de logement, Le" and "Riviera-Express")
Claude Vériat .... script supervisor (segment "Lit de la Pompadour, Le")

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Secrets d'alcôve" - France (original title)
"The Secrets of the Bed" - International (English title)
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86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Bedtime stories for grown-ups, 11 July 2010
Author: dbdumonteil

Four tales ,all dealing with "the secrets of the bed" but actually only the final one deals with what the audience is expecting,sex. Three diplomats and their chauffeur who have to stop in the country for the night begin to tell stories about beds.

Segment one :"billet" WW2.An English officer (Richard Todd)is sent to a house in France .A woman (Jeanne Moreau) is expecting him and she's expecting a baby too (in one week);it 's easy to guess which comes next but the two actors are really endearing .Richard Todd is wonderful as the "midwife" .Made by Henry Decoin,this is much closer to his gentle comedies ("Premier Rendez-vous") than to his numerous films noirs.

Segment two: "divorce" A man (Vittorio De Sica ) spends a night in a hotel with a woman (Dawn Addams) he's never seen before just to get a recording of adultery;it's very talky and a little boring in spite of the talent of the actors.Directed by Gianni Franciolini.

Segment three :"rude awakening" the only one with a working -class person ,the chauffeur !A driver meets a girl who's got a flat tire on the road;as a good macho,he tells the lady she won't be able to manage by herself and obviously he is right.During the night the girl (sexy Françoise Arnoul) gets into his trailer.Is it the beginning of a great love story? She invites him to her desirable mansion .He is on cloud nine,but the harder they come... Mouloudji sings his lovely ballad "Un Jour Tu Verras" which tells a love story in the future tense which makes it even more magical . Directed by Ralph Habib.

Segment four: "La Pompadour's bed" :one can only dream of what Sacha Guitry would have done with such a subject!Jean Delannoy was not up to scratch ,as far as comedies are concerned ,and the story of a courtesan (hot Martine Carol) who gains and loses the famous bed (a good luck charm she says)according to the fluctuation in politics is repetitive ,in spite of the presence of Bernard Blier and François Périer.

In the end ,two charming mini-tales and filler.

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