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La vieille dame indigne (1965)

The shameless old lady ate the bread of life till its last crumbs .


René Allio


René Allio (screenplay), Bertolt Brecht (short story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvie ... Madame Berthe Bertini
Malka Ribowska ... Rosalie (as Malka Ribovska)
Etienne Bierry Etienne Bierry ... Albert
Victor Lanoux ... Pierre
Jean Bouise ... Alphonse
Jean-Louis Lamande Jean-Louis Lamande ... Charles
Armand Meffre Armand Meffre ... Ernest - le patron du Zanzibar
Pascale de Boysson Pascale de Boysson ... Simone
François Maistre François Maistre ... Gaston
Robert Bousquet Robert Bousquet ... Robert
Lena Delanne Lena Delanne ... Victoire
Jeanne Hardeyn Jeanne Hardeyn ... Rose
Pierre Decazes Pierre Decazes ... Charlot
André Thorent ... Dufour
Edmund Dantez Edmund Dantez ... (as Edmond Dantès)


A sixty-something woman became a widow .All her life,she had been cooking ,washing and taking care of her family.A woman's work is never done.So she decided she would live for herself: she would go to the pictures ,she would buy a car and that's exactly what she did. Bertold Brecht told us so:she had two lives:the first one was a long busy one,the second one was very short;but she ate the bread of life till its last crumbs . Written by dbdumonteil

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For keeps
21 May 2009 | by TigressLilsSee all my reviews

This is a film I saw in 1968, being a young adult and have never forgotten. It's a shame it is not possible to find it on DVD anywhere, and I have checked shops in France, England and the USA. I'd love to have it for keeps. Possibly it is not or would not be everybody's cup of tea but it is a lesson of life with a wonderful performance by the great Sylvie. There are many European films, be them French, Spanish, Italian, German, et al, that are great works of art and of thought that are not marketed even in their own countries. One wonders why. Let's hope one day it will easier to find them, to enjoy them again and to be able to teach their quality to younger people.

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24 March 1965 (France) See more »

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