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Banker's Draft, 18 April 2008
Author: writers_reign from London, England
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Films as innovative as Citizen Kane inevitably have a lot to answer for as other - often inferior - talents divide up the techniques like relatives dividing house and contents of their late family member so no prizes for guessing what gave Francis Girod to punctuate the story of Romy Schneider's banker via newsreels which conveniently display the dates, changing styles etc. As a bisexual Schneider should not be too surprised when she gets shafted by both male and female elements though arguably the one that hurt most was courtesy of Jean-Louis Trintignant who had her thrown into jail on a fraud charge, but then if you will offer 8 per cent interest when all around you they're offering one you're bound to be unpopular. For good measure Schneider is involved in a car crash and a stint in a mental hospital so you could argue she welcomed the bullet in the back albeit it came at the height of her fame. This is an absorbing film and if Schneider walks away with it that's not to say that Trintignant, Claude Brasseur and - in smaller roles - Daniel Auteuil and Thierry Lhermitte are chopped liver. Very well worth watching.
2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Ponzi scheme from Thirties, 21 October 2009
Author: Bob Taylor (email@example.com) from Canada
Francis Girod made a name for himself making really black portraits of
life in France in the Nineteenth century and the Thirties of the
Twentieth. No subject was too grim for this cheerful director--remember
the trio of killers dissolving their victim in an acid bath (Le trio
infernal, 1974). The story of Marthe Hanau, another forgotten name from
the Thirties, must have appealed to Girod and Romy Schneider. Resnais
had made his Stavisky with the same material and had had some success.
This story moves at the speed of a retreating glacier. Many scenes go flat for lack of interest. It takes a Renoir to draw a portrait of a society in crisis, and Girod is no Renoir. I am a fan of Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jean-Claude Brialy, Marie-France Pisier and the other stars in the cast, but they are used only for window-dressing. Happily there is Romy Schneider, the most beautiful woman in the business in those days, and she does not disappoint. Her costumes are gorgeous, her hair never looked better, and she can swoop into a room better than any other actress. The way she spits out her defiance of the corrupt, conservative officials who oppose her kept me interested in the film.
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