A cynical tragicomedy focusing on the different ways of love in the times of the sexual revolution. Nicholas Mallet, an inconspicuous and shy bank employee, one day successfully invites ... See full summary »
Claude is a Jew. Because of the risks of an arrest (France is occupied by the Nazis), his parents send him away to an elderly couple in the country. Pepe, the husband, is a Petain supporter... See full summary »
Honoré Panisse is dying, cheerfully, with friends, wife, and son at his side. He confesses to the priest in front of his friends; he insists that the doctor be truthful. But, he cannot ... See full summary »
The business tycoon Nicolas Saccard is nearly ruined by his rival Gunderman, when he tries to raise capital for his company. To push up the price of his stock, Saccard plans a publicity ... See full summary »
Claire Lescot is a famous prima donna. All men want to be loved by her. Among them is the young scientist Einar Norsen. When she mocks at him, he leaves her house with the declared ... See full summary »
Léonid Walter de Malte,
César runs a bar along Marseilles' port, assisted by his 23 year old son, Marius. Colorful characters abound: M. Panisse, an aging widower and prosperous sail maker; Honorine, a fishmonger ... See full summary »
Louis Coline assists the head of advertising of a department store in decline. He has little to do, but seems content with his marriage to Nina, his visits to his mother and grandmother, ... See full summary »
In 1898,Empress Elisabeth from Austria was murdered in Switzerland:the man who killed her was an anarchist and he chose her because the man he wanted to slay was not around... for lack of anything better.
"Le bonheur" is a disturbing modern movie particularly for Marcel L'Herbier whose movies of that era("la Porte du Large" "les Hommes Nouveaux""Entente Cordiale" ) are generally obsolete stuff.
A man (Boyer)tries to kill a singer (Gaby Morlay).First we do not know anything about this man ,except that he sketches people for a newspaper.He lives alone and a girl tries to seduce him.
Then a very strange trial begins.Boyer gives a stunning performance,with his empty look and his absolute indifference.An anarchist,an antisocial man but an educated one (he's got a law degree) his motives seem to elude the viewer.The story is very complex ,including something recalling the 1898 assassination (I chose her because my political target was not available), a song the criminal heard her victim sing (called "le bonheur" =happiness).
After a while, a strange relationship has developed between them.He's only got an eighteen-month sentence ,her marriage is on the rocks and it seems that the day he's released something new can begin..
The second part is even more modern than the first one .The producers try to capitalize on the "event" and they make a movie out of it!The "hero" relives his past...
Michel Simon appears as a gay artistic director.
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