During the First World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from.
In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.
Sergei M. Eisenstein
On the brink of WWII, the record-breaking aviator, André Jurieux, safely lands at a small airport crammed with reporters, only to come face to face with his worst fear: the object of his desire, Christine--a blonde noblewoman and wife of the affluent Marquis de la Cheyniest, Robert--is not there to greet him. Intent on winning her back, André accepts his friend Octave's invitation for a lavish hunting weekend at the aristocrat's palatial country estate at La Coliniere, among hand-picked guests and the mansion's servants; however, intrigue, rivalries, and human weaknesses threaten to expose both royalty and paupers alike. Who will breach the unwritten rules of the game?Written by
Film historians Jean Gaborit and Jacques Durand salvaged excised and unused footage and created a new longer version, presented at the 1959 Venice Film Festival. Where the original theatrical version was 91 minutes long, the new 1959 version was 106 minutes long, over fifteen minutes longer than the original cut. See more »
This is a film, like many other good films, that must be seen several times to be appreciated. The complexity and symmetry of the many plot lines become more evident on each viewing, similar to Smiles of a Summer Night, which it resembles in some ways. There are some great characters. Marcel Dalio (the Casablanca croupier) as the Count is superb in his childlike qualities, while scrupulously adhering to the rules of society and good manners. Jean Renoir, the director, who also has a key role as Octave, is delightful as the friend and go-between. Others characters are all well cast with, in my opinion, one exception--the count's wife Christine played by Nora Gregor. While I like her a little better with each viewing, I don't feel she does justice to the role. Arletty would have been great, though perhaps too sophisticated for the role. Like Carne's Children of Paradise, this is a film where the characters become more and more like old friends with each viewing. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys films of the 1930s and 40s.
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