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The Lions Are Loose (1961)

Les lions sont lâchés (original title)
Bored with her life, Albertine (Claudia Cardinale) drops her husband and takes the first train to Paris, to start fresh.



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Complete credited cast:
Didier Marèze
Albertine Ferran
Marie-Laure Robert-Guichard
Le docteur André Challenberg
Denise Provence ...
Hélène Challenberg
Louis Arbessier ...
Frédéric Moine
Georges Guichard
Marcel Charvey ...
Un ami de Didier
Marc Lambert
Martine Messager ...
Florence Guichard
Bernard Musson ...
Gabriel, le valet de chambre
Francis Nani ...
Arnaud Guichard
François Nocher ...
Jean Ozenne ...
Albert Robert-Guichard

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Bored with her life, Albertine (Claudia Cardinale) drops her husband and takes the first train to Paris, to start fresh.

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20 September 1961 (France)  »

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The Lions Are Loose  »

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It's often stated that Claudia Cardinale's real voice is first heard in Fellini's 8 1/2. However, that is for Italian films which are dubbed after filming since CC didn't speak much Italian and Italian directors thought her voice wouldn't appeal. Actually, Upstairs and Downstairs was the first film to use her voice (in English) in a minor role. Les Lions sont lâchés is her first starring French role and is the first film that uses her real, distinctive voice. In fact, as the main star, she narrates a good portion of the film in French, her first language. See more »

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Tamed lions
19 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

With a writer such as Audiard and five talented stars ,you should not be wrong.However ,today ,Verneuil's movie sounds as unfunny Théatre De Boulevard .

A young girl from the Province,who just broke with her husband,comes to Paris to find her soul mate ;we follow her as she meets a trendy writer ,who wins the Femina literary prize by writing his new novel based on her character,then a grumpy surgeon who wants to take care of her health.All takes place in very chic places ,luxury flats,homes in the country ,and the whole shebang.

This is an exceptionally poor screenplay based on a novel by Nicole(?),a subject Audiard does not seem to find inspiring:in this posh milieu ,he simply cannot write these lines which generally hit home .Danielle Darrieux is a wonderful actress and it's the first time I've found her really bad,overplaying all over the place .Lino Ventura is miscast as the doctor :not surprising,he is self- conscious .Michèle Morgan and Jean-Claude Brialy ,as the wealthy confidant and the smug impotent novelist seem to be bored to death . As for Claudia Cardinale,I confirm that it's her voice we hear in the movie,but her part is conventional (see the bourgeois happy end,told by Morgan's voice over).

And Darrieux 's son is Marxist ,to boot!As she says ": "it's the fall of the house of Usher"!

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