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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 »
Tamara, a Roman prostitute, tries to kill herself throwing herself out of the window of the licensed brothel she works in. While she is being taken to hospital the other girls learn that, ... See full summary »
Handsome and rich Spanish gentleman abandons his wife and riches for his love of a young girl of poor stock who taunts and degrades him. Only after she has humbled him mercilessly does she offer him her love in the end.
Nice, eccentric, idealistic and slightly mad Countess Aurelia, who believes that the good must prevail over evil, decides to stand up to corrupt powerful leaders of Paris in her own way, which grabs everyones attention.
Six separate episodes: would-be suicides discuss their despair. A provincial dance hall. An investigative reporter posing as a husband-to-be. A young unwed mother. Girl-watching techniques of Italian men. A glimpse into prostitution.
Almost every move and thought of the main character (Guilieta Masina) is commented on by a hardly uninterrupted interior monologue that makes this film more into an audioplay than a film and very estranging viewing. What could have the makers be thinking of achieving by this?
The producer had the great idea to let the talented Duvivier direct, but what for?; one feels clearly that Duvivier had no affinity with the subject. What was probably supposed to be a satire on the "position of women" towards men and love, has become a dull story with an appalling moral.
Masina hardly seems at ease in this deathly film, that only comes a bit alive in a short scene with Rudolf Platte (who else?).
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