Philippe de Broca

  • Philippe de Broca – Chère Louise AKA Dear Louise (1972)

    Philippe de Broca1971-1980DramaFrance

    A young woman, Louise, is a lecturer in a provincial town where she meets an Italian immigrant. The film retraces their relationship.Read More »

  • Philippe de Broca – Les jeux de l’amour AKA The Love Game (1960)

    1951-1960ComedyFrancePhilippe de Broca

    Victor takes life lightly. Jolly and offhand, he has been a very pleasant companion to Suzanne for two years now. Suzanne wants to marry Victor and have children with him. Victor on the other hand isn’t interested in becoming a husband or a father. While he cannot be bothered into complying with her wishes, their mutual friend Francois would be happy to do so.Read More »

  • Philippe de Broca – L’homme de Rio AKA That Man from Rio (1964)

    1961-1970ArthouseComedyFrancePhilippe de Broca

    Farce, spy spoof, and adventure. Swarthy thieves ignore jewels to steal an Amazon figurine from the Museum of Man in Paris’ Trocadero Palace and kidnap the world’s authority on the lost Maltec civilization. Cut to Agnes, the daughter of a murdered man who possessed one of two other such figurines. Moments after her sweetheart, Adrien, an Army private with a week’s leave, arrives in Paris to see her, Agnes too is kidnapped, drugged, and loaded on a plane to Rio. Adrien is in hot pursuit, and before he can rescue her (with the help of a shoeshine boy), foil the murderous thieves, and solve the riddle of the Maltecs, he must traverse Rio, Brasília, and the Amazon heartland… all before the end of his week’s leave.Read More »

  • Michel Deville – Les petites demoiselles (1964)

    1961-1970ComedyFranceMichel Deville

    Synopsis: “Four young girls’ love of boys put their newly opened all-services company in peril.”Read More »

  • Philippe de Broca – Les tribulations d’un Chinois en Chine AKA Up to His Ears (1965)

    1961-1970AdventureComedyFrancePhilippe de Broca

    Jean-Paul Belmondo and Ursula Andress star in another adventure comedy from Philippe de Broca (That Man from Rio), that’s roughly based on a Jules Vernes story of the same title. Belmondo plays a rich man tired of his life who arranges for a hitman to take him out so that his fiancee will get the insurance money. Only, wouldn’t you know it, Belmondo changes his mind. Andress is a fan-dancer who gets mixed up, thinking it’s all a gag. There’s a lot of slapstick, chases, fights, balloon rides, mountain climbing and exotic locales. Oh, did I mention that Belmondo attempts a striptease while in drag?Read More »

  • Philippe de Broca – Psy (1981)

    1981-1990ComedyFrancePhilippe de Broca


    The cartoonist Gerard Lauzier wrote this satire of psychologists, their practice, and the whole idea of group therapy, around Marc (Patrick Dewaere), a psychologist who may need more help than he gives. Right now, Marc is living in the countryside with Colette (Anny Duperey), but not without difficulties. He plans to conduct a group therapy session at his home one week-end, something that soon unravels because of the sudden arrival of Marc’s former girlfriend and her lover. Several years ago, the lover was Marc’s trusted friend, until he not only stole Marc’s girlfriend, but also his car, and his money. The former girlfriend and former buddy, and their partner in crime are hiding out from the police, and intent on using Marc’s property until they are safe. Group therapy, Marc, and Colette will never be the same by the time the week-end is concluded…Read More »

  • Philippe de Broca – Le diable par la queue AKA The Devil by the Tail (1969)

    France1961-1970ComedyCrimePhilippe de Broca



    ‘A family of aristocrats have fallen on hard times. To pay for repairs to their crumbling country chateau they are forced to use their home as a hotel. The local garage mechanic, Charlie, provides a constant stream of guests for them by sabotaging any car that arrives in his garage. The latest arrival is an important-looking man, Cesar Maricorne, accompanied by his two aides. When she learns that he is a gangster who has just robbed a bank, the aging Marquise realises that her family’s financial worries may be at an end…’
    – Films de FranceRead More »

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