A psychiatrist, desperate for money to keep his faltering practice running, makes a deal with a spy to hide a mysterious person in his clinic in return for a million francs. As soon as the ... See full summary »
Burglar Maurice Faugel has just finished his sentence. He murders Gilbert Vanovre, a receiver, and steals the loot of a break-in. He is also preparing a house-breaking, and his friend ... See full summary »
This consists of four short films by different directors. Rosselini's 'Chastity' ('Illibatezza') deals with an attractive air hostess who receives the unwelcome attentions of a middle aged ... See full summary »
In a small town in occupied France in 1941, the German officer, Werner Von Ebrennac is billeted in the house of the uncle and his niece. The uncle and niece refuse to speak to him, but each... See full summary »
In this modern retelling of the Virgin birth, Mary is a student who plays basketball and works at her father's petrol station; Joseph is an earnest dropout who drives a cab. The angel ... See full summary »
A short film about a famous writer (acted by Cocteau himself) who loses control of his hand and begins to write letters and articles denouncing himself, the film is interesting chiefly as an introduction to some of the ideas that Cocteau would develop in later films. The titles are in Cocteau's characteristic handwriting, the same handwriting that the character uses in the film. Mirrors line the wall of his apartment and reveal hidden messages in his texts. The climax, in which Cocteau struggles to unwrite a confession that he is a fraud, runs backwards. An integral, albeit minor, piece in the great narcissistic puzzle of Cocteau's life's work.
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