Young, handsome, dashing but cynical, Octave Mouret arrives in Paris, determined to conquer the belles of the capital. His first attempts are not too successful though as he is rebuffed by ...
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Fifteen years after WWII, a group of ex-resistance fighters are brought together by Marie-Octobre, so that the former members of the network can finally relive one fateful night and find out who betrayed their murdered leader, Castille.
It's no holds barred for Julian in pursuit of upward mobility. Although expected to channel career aspirations into the Church of the post- Napoleonic era, his intensely romantic liaisons ... See full summary »
André Chatelin is a restaurant owner in Les Halles in Paris. One morning, a girl named Catherine asks to see him. She happens to be the daughter of his estranged wife, Gabrielle, that André... See full summary »
Francois Donge, a wealthy manufacturer, is fighting death at hospital. He officially suffers from a food poisoning. But actually, his wife Bebe deliberately poisoned him. Flashback: ten ... See full summary »
Nicole has no job and is several weeks behind with her rent. Her solution to her problem is to try and snare a rich husband. Enlisting the help of her friend Gloria and the maitre'd at a ... See full summary »
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.,
An all-knowing interlocutor guides us through a series of affairs in Vienna, 1900. A soldier meets an eager young lady of the evening. Later he has an affair with a young lady, who becomes ... See full summary »
Gervaise Macquart, a young lame laundress, is left by her lover Auguste Lantier with two boys... She manages to make it, and a few years later she marries Coupeau, a roofer. After working ... See full summary »
In the absence of his wife, a clarinet player is induced by a friend to meet a call girl, but arrived after a crime. Perceived by some people leaving the scene of the crime covered by his ... See full summary »
Young, handsome, dashing but cynical, Octave Mouret arrives in Paris, determined to conquer the belles of the capital. His first attempts are not too successful though as he is rebuffed by Valérie Vabre, the neurotic wife of the landlord of the block of flats he is accommodated in. As for the affair he starts with Caroline Hédouin, the married owner of "Au Bonheur des Dames", the shop where he works, the least we can say is that it lacks passion. But he does seduce Berthe, a girl he refused to marry when her mother tried to force her on him, now that she is married with another. He will finally achieve his end when Caroline, now widowed and needing a man to help her manage her business, asks him... to marry her! Written by
Gérard Philipe does it again, assisted by strong cast, production and direction
"Lovers of Paris" (1957) stars Gérard Philipe in a role similar to what he did in 1954 in "Lovers, Happy Lovers!". I can't think of a French actor more suited for these roles than he was. For that matter, what American actors of his time could fill such a role with the mixture of lightness, elegance, wit, expressiveness and intelligence that he brought to it? Hollywood romantic comedy leads of this period seem a bit "heavy" by comparison, even though they are excellent in their own right. Rock Hudson comes close. With effort, maybe James Garner, Rod Taylor, or Tony Curtis. In another time, Errol Flynn would have loved to try this role. These comparisons serve only to suggest how excellent Philipe is.
I was impressed with Dany Carrel as his main fling, even though he had his sights set on Danielle Darrieux, cool and measured on the outside, holding back her passion.
The story features a large and impressive cast, a detailed story, beautiful sets and really superb direction from Julien Duvivier. This is not a farce. It's not an outright satire either, but it's in that direction. It has a serious and cynical tone, and it's not hidden at all in the dialog of the cast. The house maids, for example, are not shy about gossiping about the affairs of their masters or having a few flings themselves.
Philipe's character may love bedding the female, but he shows equal passion for business and making headway in the fabric stores where he works. His plan for taking over and amalgamating one of these is quite ruthless, shocking Darrieux; and it would appear that marrying her has its clear business benefits.
The movie has many characters and quite a few situations, so one must be prepared for some length and diversions or digressions from a straight ahead tale. The movie is as much about the social strata being depicted as it is about the protagonist.
This is a high quality film.
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