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Lovers of Paris (1957)

Pot Bouille (original title)
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 ... See full summary »

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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 Guy Bellinger

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Prequel of "Au Bonheur des Dames" directed by Julien Duvivier (1930). See more »

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Gérard Philipe does it again, assisted by strong cast, production and direction
4 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"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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