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Holiday for Henrietta (1952)

La fête à Henriette (original title)
After the rejection of their latest - and preposterous - scenario, two script writers get back to basics to prepare a new movie. The new scenario centers on Henriette, a pretty, lively ... See full summary »

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Henriette
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Maurice / Marcel
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Rita Solar (as Hildegarde Neff)
Louis Seigner ...
Un scénariste / Script Writer (as Louis Seigner sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Micheline Francey ...
Nicole / Script Girl
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Un scénariste / Script Writer
Michel Roux ...
Robert
Daniel Ivernel ...
L'inspecteur de police Adrien Massar
Odette Laure ...
Valentine
Jeannette Batti ...
Gisèle
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Virginie - la mère d'Henriette
Alexandre Rignault ...
Le père d'Henriette
Claire Gérard ...
Charlotte
Jacques Eyser ...
Un déménageur
Jean-Louis Le Goff ...
Un déménageur (as J.L. Le Goff)
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After the rejection of their latest - and preposterous - scenario, two script writers get back to basics to prepare a new movie. The new scenario centers on Henriette, a pretty, lively Parisian, and how she spends the 14th of July in Paris with her fiancé. We follow the tribulations of Henriette as various other characters make their entry in the story and turn a traditional festive day into something more adventurous than expected. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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24 January 1955 (USA)  »

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Remade as Alex & Emma (2003) See more »

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Sur le Pavé de Paris
Music by Georges Auric
Lyrics by Jacques Larue
Sung by Anny Flore and Lys Gauty
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Great fun
6 August 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It starts off very well: two scriptwriters, one short and irritable (Henri Cremieux) the other tall and phlegmatic (Louis Seigner) are batting around ideas for a new film. They come up with some characters: Robert, a press photographer; Henriette, daughter of a National Guard commander; Marcel/Maurice, a charming but not-very-honest man about town. These three, plus a half dozen more characters will spin a most entertaining story for the next 90 minutes or so.

I won't get into a discussion of Duvivier's place in cinematic history, nor whether we needed the New Wave or not, nor even the use of film-within-a-film. I will just say that this is a very inventive and charming little comedy that really should be on DVD. There is a tremendous virtuosic sequence about 60 minutes in--Marcel tries to rape Henriette in a car, she escapes and he chases her up the stairs in a building under construction--that must be seen to be appreciated.


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