Six vignettes set in different sections of Paris, by six directors. St. Germain des Pres (Douchet), Gare du Nord (Rouch), Rue St. Denis (Pollet), and Montparnasse et Levallois (Godard) are ... See full summary »
Paul is young, just demobbed from national service in the French Army, and dishillusioned with civilian life. As his girlfriend builds herself a career as a pop singer, Paul becomes more ... See full summary »
Spring 1936, a young unemployed communist, David, leaves his hometown Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. He joins an international group of Militia-men and women, the ... See full summary »
In Paris, the pedantic Alexandre lives with his mate Marie in her apartment, an open relationship. Alexandre, who is idle and chauvinist, spends his days reading, drinking and shagging ... See full summary »
Francesco, a young Sicilian aristocrat, scars an aging gangster who has set out to take away his property. The gangster vows to obtain vengeance, and Francesco is forced to flee across ... See full summary »
The populist cinema of the thirties/forties gets a Neo New Wave treatment!
The characters could come from "Hotel Du Nord": there's a sad tailor (Claude Melki),less-than -handsome ,and so shy he is not able to declare his love to a pretty girl (Chantal Goya ,before she became a pop singer for kiddies Under 7);a Hooker (Bernadette Lafont;who else?) who hides her immoral trade ,pretending she is a fortune-teller :nobody's fooled and all her clients are not interested in their future ;and her pimp ,an elegant fop à la Louis Jouvet (Jean-Pierre Marielle).Except for one sequence in a railway station,all the action takes place in the tailor's seedy apartment .
IMHO,it is not a very exciting work:Claude Melki is arguably the stand-out but Remo Forlani is not Henri Jeanson ,as far the dialog is concerned ,and his lines fall flat ;Bernadette Lafont,by far the best of the two actresses ,seems to wait for something to happen concerning her character;Marielle is not much more than a walk-on;Chantal Goya ,whose part was the most interesting, is a drippy starlet ,and she plays like she sings -she had started a career as a pop singer for teenagers while working with Godard ("Masculin-Feminin" in which her immortal " Si Tu Gagnes Au Flipper" is heard).
I almost fell asleep halfway through ,but there are interesting thespians in the supporting cast :the legendary Dalio,and Rufus ,too rare on the screens .
It is as if Forlani,towards the end of his screenplay ,suddenly appreciated how frivolous it all was and desperately attempted to get a little humor into his story:
-The client ,with whom Goya refused to "work" ,insulting the unfortunate tailor mistaken for her pimp :"you ought to be ashamed of your job!"
-Then the best lines in the whole movie: "Arlette is busy picking grapes. -Harvesting grapes? In April ? In Brittany?
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