A French/Italian co-production with two episodes from Italy and five from France covering the seven deadly sins---actually eight as two of the sins are covered in one episode while a new "... See full summary »
A French lieutenant makes a bet that he can seduce any woman in town in the two weeks before his regiment leaves for maneuvers, but his chosen target (a Parisian divorcée) isn't like other girls he's known.
Oslo, April 19th 1945, as the Third Reich is living its last days, a group of Nazis and sympathizers (a Wehrmacht general; an SS commander and his "assistant"; an Italian industrialist and ... See full summary »
Life in a small Mexican village where joy and misery, hope and pain, passion and guilt, love and decay, life and death are mixed in the peasants life and two French citizens who end up stranded in there, during a typhoid epidemic.
Rafael E. Portas
Víctor Manuel Mendoza
Handsome dentist Herve Dandieu, temporarily separated from his new, delectable wife Virginie by a lovers' tiff, is picked up by sexy dance teacher Anita Flores...object blackmail. Sensing ... See full summary »
In ancient Rome a love story blossoms between Fabiola, daughter of a senator, and Rhual, a gallic gladiator. When Fabiola's father is killed, the Romans blame the Christians and the ... See full summary »
Henri Chatelard is well in his forties, owns a restaurant and a cinema in the city, and appreciate women. When he meets Marie, a 18ish stronghead who just lost her father in a small ... See full summary »
At the beginning of the 20th century, in the North of the Province of Quebec. After five years spent in a boarding school, Maria Chapdelaine comes back to the family farm. Robert Gagnon, a ... See full summary »
On the night of their tenth anniversary, Doctor Rene Richard accidentally discovers that his wife, actress Madeleine Richard, has been having an affair with a disturbed artist, Daniel ... See full summary »
Michele Morgan and Henri Vidal ,then wife and husband ,were the ideal couple for the young girls of the era .The movie they made together were good at best ("Fabiola" ),rarely exceptional ("L'Etrange Madame X"),generally mediocre (this one,"Pourquoi Viens -Tu Si Tard?).
The title comes from a nursery rhyme sung when girls dance in a ring (the first picture) ;it is used ,later in the movie,as a ballet score (the best moment ,with a beautiful scenery and a Morgan graceful as ever).
Jean-Paul LE Chanois is now universally demeaned in his country ;some of his works are unfairly overlooked :"L'Ecole Buissonnière" "Sans Laisser D'Adresse" and even " Agence Matrimoniale" and "Le Cas Du Dr Laurent" ;but some others are indefensible .
"La Belle Que Voila" is a spate of clichés and ,unlike Douglas Sirk or Jean Gremillon who directed "L'Etrange Madame X",Le Chanois is incapable of transcending the permanent features of melodrama :two people in love want to become artists :a great sculptor and a ballerina ;but life tears them apart ,he winds up in jail for years and she's wounded (he tried to kill her when he found her with another man who had made her drink )and if she does not take care of herself ,her heart may.....
Like in any melodrama,when a woman is unlucky in love ,she 's lucky at cards ,that is to say at dance :she soon becomes Prima ballerina,ousting her rivals after sleeping with men who help her with her career .And meanwhile his one and only love is still in the nick ;but that's no problem,if she sleeps with a former lover,who can pull strings,everything will work out fine.
Morgan is a brunette and is beautiful;Vidal is as handsome as ever;but the impact is lacking.
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