Gérard Blain

  • Gérard Blain – Le pélican aka The Pelican (1974)

    1971-1980DramaFranceGérard Blain

    Paul Boyer (Gérard Blain), a jazz pianist in Paris, has lots of free time during the day, and spends it happily with his baby boy, Marc. But money is tight, and so, at his wife’s prompting, Paul takes a chance on running counterfeit dollars to New York for a big payoff. Caught at customs, he spends nine years in an American jail and returns home to find her remarried to a wealthy man and his own paternal rights revoked. The rest of the film—directed by Blain with the harrowing calm of an intimate confession—follows Paul in his obsessive, desperate, coldly calculated effort to see his son again. Though the story is part thriller, part family melodrama, part spiritual journey, part social drama, Blain purges it of all genre artifice: the purity of his method and his sentiments suggests the fresh, primal artistry of the early silent cinema. Released in 1973. In French. — Richard BrodyRead More »

  • Gérard Blain – Pierre et Djemila (1987)

    France1981-1990DramaGérard BlainRomance

    Two teenage lovers are caught up in the thrill of forbidden love in this tragic romantic drama. Pierre (Jean-Pierre Andre) is a 16-year-old French lad who loves 14-year-old Djemila (Nadja Reski), the offspring of Algerian immigrants. Pierre’s father is an Algerian war veteran who tolerates living with the immigrants at the low-income housing project as long as the two factions are separated. Djemila’s older brother carries bitter hatred for the French over their invasion of Algeria. Both young lovers fall victim to the intolerance of their families when their relatives discover that the two are engaged in a passionate love affair. © Dan Pavlides, RoviRead More »

  • Gérard Blain – Le Rebelle AKA The Rebel (1980)

    Drama1971-1980FranceGérard Blain


    “De Gérard Blain, on se souvient d’abord de l’acteur qui accompagna les débuts de la Nouvelle-Vague, que ce soit chez Chabrol (le beau Serge , les cousins) ou Truffaut (les mistons). On oublie un peu trop vite qu’il fut également un cinéaste passionnant, laissant une œuvre (huit films) marginale et secrète qu’on aimerait pouvoir découvrir plus facilement.Read More »

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