Gilles Grangier

  • Gilles Grangier – Les Vieux de la vieille AKA The Old Guard (1960)

    1951-1960ComedyFranceGilles Grangier
    Les Vieux de la vieille (1960)
    Les Vieux de la vieille (1960)

    The original “grumpy old men,” Jean-Marie (Jean Gabin), Baptiste (Pierre Fresnay), and Blaise (Noel-Noel) raise havoc in this entertaining comedy by director Gilles Grangier. The trio of irritable, temperamental grouchy men abandon their village to go take up residence in a senior citizens’ home. They have a great time playing tricks on others and venting about the inadequacies of modern youth. Each elderly eccentric has his moment in the spotlight, as their story unfolds in an episodic manner. In the end, the retirement-home staff become convinced that taking care of these characters lies above and beyond the call of duty.Read More »

  • Gilles Grangier – Maigret voit rouge AKA Maigret Sees Red (1963)

    France1961-1970CrimeDramaGilles Grangier

    “A man is shot dead in the centre of Paris and the witness to the murder finds himself the next target in a vendetta between American gangsters. Inspector Maigret is charged with protecting the witness and resolving the mystery of the killing….”
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  • Gilles Grangier – Un cave AKA A Loser (1972)

    1971-1980ComedyCrimeFranceGilles Grangier

    PLOT: Granier, a former accountant imprisoned for financial embezzlement, is released from prison and decides to help his cellmate to escape…Read More »

  • Gilles Grangier – Le plus joli péché du monde (1951)

    1951-1960ComedyDramaFranceGilles Grangier

    Two lovers pretend they have a child, so that the man cannot marry his fiancee.Read More »

  • Gilles Grangier – Le rouge est mis AKA Speaking of Murder (1957)

    1951-1960CrimeFilm NoirFranceGilles Grangier

    Louis Bertain is the owner of a Paris garage which is the front for a robbery gang. He and his accomplices are careful to keep up a civic veneer by day, indulging in criminal activities only when “the red light is on” at night. This status quo is upset when one of the gang members becomes convinced that Louis’ younger brother is a police informer.Read More »

  • Gilles Grangier – 125 rue Montmartre (1959)

    1951-1960CrimeDramaFranceGilles Grangier

    Pascal makes a modest living selling newspapers on the streets of Paris. He may have a surly temperament but he is a good natured soul at heart, always ready to help a fellow creature if he can. Naturally, when he sees a man jump into the River Seine, he does not hesitate to come to his rescue. The visibly distressed man, Didier, reveals he was driven to this desperate act by his family, in particular his wife Catherine who is determined to rob him of his fortune. Moved by this tale of woe, Pascal offers to help Didier in any way he can. Didier suggests that they go back to his house to pick up some money. As he enters the house, Pascal unwittingly falls into a carefully laid trap. Alerted by Catherine, the police suddenly turn up and find the body of a dead man in the house. Read More »

  • Gilles Grangier – Le gentleman d’Epsom AKA The Gentleman from Epsom (1962)

    1961-1970ComedyCrimeFranceGilles Grangier

    ‘Retired military officer Richard Briand-Charmery, known to all as “The Commandant”, gambles every centime he has on horse racing bets. When his luck is down, he supplies his friends with false betting tips, knowing that the friend whose bet comes off will give him a fraction of the winnings. One day, Richard meets up with an old flame, Maud, and passes an evening with her at his expense. To pay the bill for the evening’s extravagance, the Commandant tries his scam on a naive restaurateur, Ripeux…’
    – Films de FranceRead More »

  • Gilles Grangier & Georges Lautner – Les Bons Vivants AKA Un Grand Seigneur AKA High Lifers AKA How to Keep the Red Lamp Burning (1965)

    1961-1970ComedyDramaFranceGeorges LautnerGilles Grangier

    Pleasure-seekers deal with the official closing of French bordellos after the passing of the 1949 legislation outlawing the houses of ill repute. Part two finds a former prostitute who is besieged by former associates after she pulls off a successful robbery attempt. The final segment has a wealthy but sanctimonious patron offering a joy girl a place to stay. His house becomes a popular meeting place when his friends and the prostitute’s friends get together for fun and games.Read More »

  • Gilles Grangier – Archimède, le clochard (1959)

    1951-1960ComedyFranceGilles Grangier


    Archiméde is an old tramp who likes to think he is a cut above the rest. Not for him the penury of sleeping under bridges and scrounging for scraps in dustbins. He has a taste for the finer things in life – good food, fine wine and a comfortable place to make his bed. His present abode – a room in a block of flats that is being developed – has served him well all through the summer, but as winter beckons it will be too cold for him. He can either get himself arrested, in the hope of eaming himself a nice warm prison cell, or else he can sleep rough in the south of France. After much deliberation, he decides prison is the better option, if only because the food is more to his liking. To that end, Archimede smashes up a bar and gets duly taken into custody. He is appalled when he only manages to get himself put away for one week. It seems he will have to resort to more drastic measures if he is to find a comfortable haven for the entire winter…Read More »

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