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Night Is Not for Sleep (1958)

Toi... le venin (original title)
One dark night, in the deserted streets of Nice, an American car slowly drives past Victor Menda, then slowly pulls up. A come on from the mysterious blonde at the wheel leads to Victor ... See full summary »

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Robert Hossein

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Frédéric Dard (novel), Robert Hossein (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Robert Hossein ... Pierre Menda
Marina Vlady ... Eva Lecain
Odile Versois ... Hélène Lecain
Héléna Manson Héléna Manson ... Amélie
Henri Crémieux ... Le docteur
Pascal Mazzotti Pascal Mazzotti ... L'homme de la discothèque
Henri Arius Henri Arius ... Titin
Charles Blavette ... L'inspecteur de police
Lucien Callamand Lucien Callamand ... Julien, le jardinier
Isola Blondie Isola Blondie
Paul Coppel Paul Coppel
Jean Combal Jean Combal
Bréols Bréols
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One dark night, in the deserted streets of Nice, an American car slowly drives past Victor Menda, then slowly pulls up. A come on from the mysterious blonde at the wheel leads to Victor finds himself kissing and making love to the gorgeous creature. But as soon as the embrace is over the mantis-like beauty rejects him and, under the threat of a gun, makes him leave the car. Worse, she tries and nearly manages to kill him by running over him. Cars have plates, and Victor traces the address of the monstrous nymphomaniac. To his amazement, he discovers a beautiful villa, in front of which the American car is parked, where two blonde sisters live together, both of whom look sweet and harmless. Written by Guy Bellinger

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A new and very STARTLING approach to mystery on the screen.

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Mystery

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France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 March 1959 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Blonde in a White Car See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Visa de contrôle cinématographique ( France ) : # 20787. See more »

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Featured in Twisted Sex Vol. 16 (1996) See more »

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Toi Le Venin
Music by A. Gosselain
Lyrics by Daniel Hortis
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Ménage à trois
28 December 2015 | by kinsayderSee all my reviews

Two sisters live in a lonely mansion by the sea. One of them (Marina Vlady) is confined to a wheelchair. One of them, unknown to the other, goes out at night to entertain random strangers in the front seat of their convertible. But which one?

The question acquires a fresh urgency when the latest "victim" (Robert Hossein) shows up on their doorstep. The sisters look so similar he can't decide which one he encountered the previous night. Neither seems the type. The sisters invite him to stay and an awkward ménage à trois develops - awkward because the unanswered question remains: which of the two is lying about her nocturnal excursions?

This is the premise, and it's a thin one, but Hossein (who also directs) does a great job with the material, keeping the suspense going till the final scene. The direction is sleek and stylish, Vlady (Hossein's wife at the time) is jaw droppingly gorgeous, and there's a nifty jazz score by André Hossein. Put your disbelief on hold and enjoy.


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