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Les sept péchés capitaux (1962)

Seven directors each dramatize one of the seven deadly sins in a short film. In "Anger," a domestic argument over a fly in the Sunday soup escalates into nuclear war. In "Sloth," a movie ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danièle Barraud ...
Suzon, prostitute
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Raymond (segment "Avarice, L'")
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Antoine (segment "Avarice, L'")
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Armand (segment "Avarice, L'")
Sacha Briquet ...
Harry (segment "Avarice, L'")
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Arthur (segment "Avarice, L'")
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Rosette (segment "Envie, L'")
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Riri (segment "Envie, L'")
Geneviève Casile ...
Rita Gerly (segment "Envie, L'")
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Duchemin (segment "Envie. L'")
Jacques Monod ...
M. Jasmin (segment "Envie, L'")
Georges Wilson ...
Valentin (segment "Gourmandise, La")
Marcelle Arnold ...
L'épouse de Valentin (segment "Gourmandise, La")
Paul Préboist ...
Alphonse - le facteur (segment "Gourmandise, La")
Magdeleine Bérubet ...
La belle-mère (segment "Gourmandise, La")
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Seven directors each dramatize one of the seven deadly sins in a short film. In "Anger," a domestic argument over a fly in the Sunday soup escalates into nuclear war. In "Sloth," a movie star would rather pay someone to tie his shoe than bend over to do it himself, and he can't be bothered to accept a starlet's sexual favors. In "Gluttony," a peasant family on its way to the funeral of a relative who died from indigestion stops regularly to eat and drink en route, arriving in time to eat some more. In "Greed," a high-class prostitute refunds the price of a cadet's lottery ticket. In "Pride," an unfaithful wife finds reason to reform. And so on through lust and envy. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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7 March 1962 (France)  »

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Snapshot of French cinema in early 60's

This is a blend of the bad, commercial work of journeymen French directors and the exciting new wave of Godard, Chabrol and Demy. Anger is the first sin to be treated, and Sylvain Dhomme does a terrible job with this silly story of flies in the soup provoking world catastrophe. Molinaro's version of Envy is no better. Philippe de Broca gets a fine hammy performance from Georges Wilson in Gluttony; some great satire of French country eating habits here. Jacques Demy is next with Lust, and he loses steam with a static visual style (none of the grace of Lola) and stiff acting. We can only surmise what he could have done with a better script.

Godard has the best segment, he's got Eddy Constantine playing a loafer for a change, not his Lemmy Caution-like nerveless violence. The cheesy Hawaiian music suits the story well. It's more verite than we are used to from Godard. After Sloth, we get Pride from Roger Vadim, and the banality of the story is relieved by some good acting by Sami Frey and Marina Vlady. I always thought it was a shame Vlady wasn't more popular; she had a gorgeous sleek cat's face and could do comedy. Chabrol is last with Greed, and he shows the usual facility and empty social commentary we have come to expect from him.


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