Saint-Maurice, an ordinary peaceful village, lived healthily so much so that the local doctor's practice was scant. But that was before Dr. Parpalaid retired and was replaced by a charlatan... See full summary »
Doctor Knock is a former thug who has become a doctor and arrives in the small village of Saint-Maurice to make his fortune according to a particular method. It will make the villagers ... See full summary »
Caherine, 18, loved Jean, a young accountant, who loved her in return. And yet, one morning, two policemen find their dead bodies on a stretch of waste ground. The case is obvious: the two ... See full summary »
Paris, 1937. Winckler kills his enemy Gordon, a Chicago mobster, from the stage of a Parisian music hall, where he performs telepathy. He pays another artist, Helene, so that she tells the ... See full summary »
Erich von Stroheim,
A charismatic thief makes friends with a bankrupt baron who comes to live in the thief's slum. Meanwhile the thief seeks the love of a young woman, who is held emotionally captive by her slumlord family.
Jenny Lamour wants to succeed in music hall. Her husband and accompanist is Maurice Martineau, a nice but jealous man. When he knew Jenny is making eyes at Brignon, an old businessman, in ... See full summary »
This version of the story begins with the engineer's wife (Denise Morel) being driven to the site where her husband is building a bridge. The first thing she notices is the mark of the ... See full synopsis »
Charles Masson, an advertising executive, is having an affair with Laura, the wife of his best friend, the architect François Tellier. Charles strangles Laura when one of their S&M games ... See full summary »
A news-reel like movie about early part of the French Revolution, shown from the eyes of individual people, citizens of Marseille, counts in German exile and, of course the king Louis XVI, ... See full summary »
Louis Jouvet was, I believe, France's greatest comic actor during my lifetime. He was wonderful in Carnival in Flanders (Kermesse Heroique) and in Bizarre, Bizarre (Drole de Drame) but his greatest comic role was as Knock. I had seen this film when I was an adolescent (during the late forties) and later saw another version a decade or so later. I was never certain whether the film had been remade or if it had been recut, but now I see from IMDB that it was, indeed, remade in 1951. I recalled the earlier version as having a somewhat greater number of comic peasants flocking to Knock for their "free consultations" but Jouvet was brilliantly funny in both versions. I wish that I could lay my hands on a DVD or VHS recording of either version so that I could easily convince my friends that the French had something more than a strange fondness for Jerry Lewis, they once had a great comic actor whose work should have been preserved in an accessible form.
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