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Le signe du lion (1962)

A French-American in Paris lives by sponging off his working friends, and throws a party using borrowed money when his rich American aunt dies, believing firmly in his horoscope.

Director:

Éric Rohmer

Writers:

Paul Gégauff (dialogue), Éric Rohmer (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jess Hahn ... Pierre Wesselrin
Michèle Girardon ... Dominique Laurent
Van Doude ... Jean-François Santeuil
Paul Bisciglia Paul Bisciglia ... Willy
Gilbert Edard ... Michel Caron
Christian Alers Christian Alers ... Philippe
Paul Crauchet ... Fred
Jill Olivier Jill Olivier ... Cathy
Sophie Perrault Sophie Perrault ... Chris
Stéphane Audran ... La patronne de l'hôtel
Jean Le Poulain ... Le clochard
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Storyline

Pierre Wesselrin is a 40-year-old American who lives in Paris by sponging off his working friends and various wealthy acquaintances. He receives a telegram saying that a rich aunt has died, so he throws a party, using borrowed money of course, and invites all his friends. After discovering that his aunt disinherited him, his luggage is impounded and he is thrown out of his apartment. All his friends are now away for the summer, or are working outside Paris, so he is forced to wander the streets and become a clochard. Written by Will Gilbert

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Drama

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Eric Rohmer's first feature film. See more »

Quotes

Pierre Wesselrin: I am everything: American, Austrian, Swiss...
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Connections

Referenced in The City Tramp (1966) See more »

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Musique pour un...
Written by Louis Saguer
Performed by 'Gerard Jarry'
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Nouvelle vague with a difference
4 October 2004 | by Miksa76See all my reviews

I saw this very hilarious film a long time ago. It's about the twists of fate in the life of an American in Paris.

Jess Hahn plays a bohemian musician living in the margins of society. He gets information about a shortcoming heritage and believes he's in for big money. He spends all his savings. However, the money is given to his distant cousin.

This starts a downward spiral in the musician's life, as he loses his flat and turns into a clochard dragging along the hostile streets of Paris, trying to survive. These sharp shots are the best stuff in the film: in the first half it uses some of the typical clichés of the French New Wave. There's a nice cameo from Jean-Luc Godard as a weird party-guest.

This isn't like later Rohmer at all, but it's still an original, funny, and moving film. I remember reading somewhere, that this movie was a critical and economical failure for Rohmer... anyway, I think it was more than a good start!!


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Country:

France

Language:

French | Italian | English

Release Date:

3 May 1962 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Aslan Burcu See more »

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Production Co:

Ajym Films See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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