Michel Simon

  • Marcel Carné – Drôle de drame AKA Bizarre, bizarre (1937)

    Synopsis: “A French farce set in Victorian London where a botanist and his wife get into trouble when they pretend to go missing in order to hide from their sanctimonious cousin – an Anglican bishop who is leading a campaign against such writing.”
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  • Maurice Lehmann & Claude Autant-Lara – Fric-Frac (1939)

    Synopsis:
    Marcel works as assistant to a jeweller whose bossy daughter Renée keeps hitting on him. When he meets lovely Loulou and her lazy friend Jo, he is fascinated by the girl and somehow attracted by their world : Loulou and Jo are crooks. As Marcel naively tries to bring some morality in their lives, the pair turn him into an unwilling accomplice in the robbery of his boss’s jewels.Read More »

  • René Clair – La beauté du diable AKA Beauty and the Devil (1950)

    Synopsis:
    Professor Henri Faust, retiring after 50 years as an alchemist in a circa-1700 university, despairs at still knowing nothing of the true secrets of nature…whereupon his old acquaintance Mephistopheles, servant of Lucifer, appears and grants him youth and a new life. But with youth, Faust’s interest is diverted from science to women. And Mephistopheles, who has taken on the guise of the elderly Faust that was, sets many snares for his young friend’s slippery soul…Read More »

  • Jacques Poitrenaud – Ce sacré grand-père (1968) (HD)

    Quote:
    Plot: Jacques spends his summer vacation with his grandfather, Jericho, in the company of his wife Marie. The malicious ancestor quickly realizes that his grandson’s marriage is on the brink of breakdown. He does everything to save him.Read More »

  • Marc Allégret – Sous les yeux d’occident AKA Under Western Eyes (1936)

    Un étudiant que la politique n’intéresse pas, parce qu’il a par pitié recueilli un camarade qui lutte contre l’impérialisme russe, est placé devant un dilemme, être terroriste ou mouchard. Il choisit de trahir, mis de peur que ce ne soit révélé, est obligé de se livrer à l’espionnage.Read More »

  • Claude Berri – Le vieil homme et l’enfant AKA The Two of Us (1967)

    Synopsis:
    A young Jewish boy living in Nazi-occupied Paris is sent by his parents to the countryside to live with an elderly Catholic couple until France’s liberation. Forced to hide his identity, the eight-year-old, Claude (played delicately by first-time actor Alain Cohen), bonds with the irascible, staunchly anti-Semitic Grampa (Michel Simon), who improbably becomes his friend and confidant. Poignant and lighthearted, The Two of Us was acclaimed director Claude Berri’s debut feature, based on own childhood experiences, and gave the legendary Simon one of his most memorable roles in the twilight of his career.Read More »

  • Jean Renoir – Tire-au-flanc AKA The Sad Sack (1928)

    A pretty rare early (and silent) Renoir, a kinda romantic-army-comedy about a fragile burgeoisie son who has (together with his his butler) to attend a full army drill. Several romantic interests soon kick in…Read More »

  • André Barsacq – Le rideau rouge AKA Crimson Curtain (1952)

    Quote:
    Playwright Jean Anouilh was the guiding force behind the unorthodox murder mystery. During a provincial theatre production of Macbeth, several tragedies occur. The actors attribute these calamities to the “curse” supposedly hanging over the Shakespeare play, but police inspector Jean Brochard doesn’t buy this…Read More »

  • Maurice Lehmann & Claude Autant-Lara – Le ruisseau AKA The Stream (1938)

    Synopsis/Review:
    Denise, a young orphan girl who has escaped from a convent, believes that her misfortunes have ended when she meets Paul , a young naval officer upon whose ship she has stowed away. Paul, initially seeks to take advantage of her naivety to seduce her before changing his mind and sending her to live with his mother who works in a cabaret while he returns to sea. But the habits of the girl will push her to the brink of prostitution…Read More »

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