Tag Archives: Pascale Audret

François Villiers – L’eau vive (1958)

Synopsis (courtesy of the IMDB):
Old Félix, a prosperous land owner in Haute Provence, will be expropriated because a dam is being built on the River Durance and his estate is to be flooded. He receives thirty million francs in compensation but dies soon after. Hortense, his only daughter, inherits the money but the trouble is that Félix has hidden the loot somewhere and it is nowhere to be found. All of Hortense’s next of kin suddenly take an interest in the “poor orphan” and those greedy ones – with the exception of kind-hearted uncle Simon – put pressure on the girl, and try – through wile, threat and even murder, to inveigle her inheritance. But however young and frail Hortense is, she is nobody’s fool. Read More »

Jean Dréville – La Fayette (1961) (DVD)

I’m the marquis de Lafayette !
..or La Fayette ,the French spelling.The first thing to bear in mind is that ,at the time,it was the biggest budget France had ever spent for a movie:hence the cast which includes Orson Welles as Franklin -a part he had already played in Sacha Guitry’s “si Versailles m’était conté”-,Vittorio DeSica ,Jack Hawkins ,Edmund Purdom ,Liselotte Pulver;on the other hand,the French stars are not big names: Pascale Audret and Michel LeRoyer were far from being very famous compared with Bardot,Delon,Belmondo,Ventura or Moreau.Other assets were Claude Renoir’s peerless cinematography and a lilting tuneful score . Read More »

André Cayatte – Les chemins de Katmandou AKA The Pleasure Pit (1969)

Quote:
Sven is Norwegian and his future is Kathmandu, the city of the gods.
Their paths meet and it is side by side they choose to take the path that leads up to the holiest city in Asia.
Olivier is French and this is the revolution.
May 68, Oliver is standing on the barricades, head full of new ideas to change the world. Read More »