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A raw Welsh novelist in Venice is humiliated by a money-loving Frenchwoman who erotically ensnares him.

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Joseph Losey

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James Hadley Chase (novel), Hugo Butler (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Moreau ... Eve Olivier
Stanley Baker ... Tyvian Jones
Virna Lisi ... Francesca Ferrara
James Villiers James Villiers ... Alan McCormick - a screenwriter
Riccardo Garrone ... Michele - a player
Lisa Gastoni ... The red-headed Russian
Checco Rissone Checco Rissone ... Pieri
Enzo Fiermonte Enzo Fiermonte ... Enzo
Nona Medici Nona Medici ... Anna Maria
Roberto Paoletti Roberto Paoletti
Alexis Revidis Alexis Revidis ... The Greek (as Alex Revidis)
Evi Rigano Evi Rigano ... (as Evy Rigano)
John R. Pepper John R. Pepper ... The little boy (as John Pepper)
Van Eicken Van Eicken
Peggy Guggenheim Peggy Guggenheim ... Baccarat-player at casino
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From back-breaking labour in the coal mines, Tyvian Jones, a masculine and crude man from Wales, finds himself among the artistic and glamorous people at the Venice Film Festival, cashing out his very first novel's big success, "L'Étranger en Enter". Tyvian is also engaged to the charming and frail Francesca; however, when she has to fly to Rome, he will return to his cottage in Torcello, only to find there the blonde and seductively mysterious Eva occupying his place. Until now, no woman had such an effect on Tyvian, as Eva's dangerously feminine physique soaked from the night's heavy downpour, will instantly taunt, tempt, and seduce his arrogant ego beyond reason. Sooner or later, Tyvian will accept the fact that he stands powerless before this heartless modern Circe, but in the meantime, what will become of innocent Francesca who is now trapped in the middle? Written by Nick Riganas

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France | Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

3 October 1962 (France) See more »

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Eva See more »

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Venice, Veneto, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Originally, this subject was offered by the Hakim brothers, who produced it, to Jean-Luc Godard to direct. Godard was anxious to sign Richard Burton for the leading role, but failed and then dropped out of the project. The Hakims instead obtained the services of another Welsh actor, Stanley Baker, who insisted on them hiring his friend Joseph Losey to direct. See more »

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Tyvian Jones: I will never account for my actions! Yes, I was with a woman. You know me. I'm like that. All women attract me.
Francesca Ferrara: And they are all alike? I am not.
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Deaf in Venice
31 January 2002 | by davidholmesfrSee all my reviews

Filmed in noir et blanc this is more noir than blanc. `Film gris' might be a better category. Venice in the winter with stormy waters, in more ways than one, provides the backdrop to this tale of two strong characters, Eve (Moreau) and Tyvian Jones (Baker). Neither character deserves, or gets, a shred of sympathy from us, she being a ruthless gold digger and the personification of evil, he a womanising writer who takes plagiarism to new heights (or depths).

Despite this, the powerful interaction between them draws us in to their world as their doomed relationship develops. This development is far from straightforward, as one would expect with Losey directing a French/Italian production. Both main characters appear deaf to each other's needs or demands. The film starts more or less where it finishes but we do not get taken around a clear circle, rather we fly off at irregular tangents. Whilst not making for easy viewing it does, nevertheless, hold our attention.

Moreau is central and dominates every scene in which she appears. In truth when she's not on screen the film falls rather flat. I'm not convinced that casting Baker, whose expertise lay in hard man roles either military (`Zulu') or criminal (`Robbery'), was right. He just about got away with it as a university don in Losey's later film `Accident', but as a writer moving in artistic circles this may be a stretch too far. If a freebooting Welsh Lothario (in Dylan Thomas mode) was required just think what Richard Burton might have made of it!

Watch out for a brief, but wonderful performance by James Villiers as a lugubrious, plummy screenplay writer.

This is not a film for recalling the `funny bits' but I defy British viewers not to enjoy Moreau's last words in the whole film - `Bloody Welshman'. Not a term unheard in English, Scottish or Irish rugby circles – but coming from Jeanne Moreau? Hilarious and wonderful.

The film is probably about 15 minutes too long – some of the scenes between the two main characters have elements of repetition and add little to the overall development. An interesting, if flawed, movie.


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