Le panier à crabes (1960)

A French filmstudent writes an autobiographical scenario. Despite the lack of understanding and the obstruction he gets from the filmbusiness, he managed to complete his movie. The movie ... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph Lisbona

Writer:

Joseph Lisbona
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Cast

Credited cast:
Pierre Michaël Pierre Michaël ... Charles Dupré
Anne Doat ... Chantal
Anne Tonietti Anne Tonietti ... Chantal
Michel Bardinet Michel Bardinet ... Jacques
Paul Frankeur ... Clavier
Henri Vilbert Henri Vilbert ... Dorel
Louis Seigner ... Jordan
Louis Arbessier Louis Arbessier ... Le professeur
Jacques Morel Jacques Morel ... Le producteur
Denise Grey ... L'impresario
Jean Parédès Jean Parédès
Maurice Sarfati Maurice Sarfati ... Henri
René Havard René Havard ... Le premier assistant
André Chanu André Chanu ... L'animateur
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Michel Arene Michel Arene
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A French filmstudent writes an autobiographical scenario. Despite the lack of understanding and the obstruction he gets from the filmbusiness, he managed to complete his movie. The movie won a prize at the Cannes film festival, but his disgust for the filmbusiness didn't go away. Written by Jack Bos

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 May 1960 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Einer sticht ins Wespennest See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lisbon Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono
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First film of Pierre Michaël. See more »

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A moving "movie" movie.
27 March 2007 | by FilmSocietyMtlSee all my reviews

Here is a work by first time director Lisbona that is true to itself and manages to break a few rules at the same time. From the clever self-referential opening scene/credit sequence, to the surprise ending, it weaves in and out of reality. It appears to be an autobiographical piece about a disillusioned young man who decides to make an autobiographical film. It begins with his life as a chemistry student at an exclusive academy in Strasbourg. He falls madly in love with a young woman and decides to marry her. But just before the wedding, she inexplicably calls the whole thing off causing him great heart ache and disillusionment. While wallowing in sorrow, he decides to attend a Film Society (cool idea!) where he develops a new obsession to replace the old; the desire to become a film director. Off to Paris he goes. This occurs at exactly the midway point and thus the film acts as a sort of mirror unto itself. Intense love of another has become intense love of the dream of film directing. But by film's end, as he was once rejected by a loved one, he rejects a career as a film director. Apparently this is exactly how director Lisbona himself felt if we judge by his filmography. He picked up the torch again (one last fling?)four years later in 1964 but has not directed a film since. Solid acting and pacing make this French film a very good viewing experience. The bonus is learning about the Hollywoodesque underbellly of the Paris-based film industry in France.


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