Philippe Lemaire

  • Jean-Pierre Melville – Quand tu liras cette lettre AKA When You Read This Letter (1953)

    1951-1960DramaFranceJean-Pierre Melville

    Juliette Greco plays Therese, a nun-in-training who returns to “civilian” life to care for her young sister Denise (Irene Gatter). When Denise is compromised by love-’em-and-leave-’em stud Max (Philippe LeMaire), Therese forces Max at gunpoint to propose marriage to the hapless girl. Fascinated by this extreme behavior, Max falls madly in love with Therese…Read More »

  • Ralph Habib – La rage au corps (1954)

    Ralph Habib1951-1960DramaFrance

    A dam is under construction in the Pyrénées mountains. All the workers only have eyes for pretty, sensual Clara, the canteen waitress. And what she exchanges with many of them is more than just looks, this is for sure. Nevertheless, despite her frivolity, Clara falls truly in love with Tonio Borelli, the site foreman. The latter takes her to Paris and they marry. But Clara soon realizes that the call of the flesh still consumes her…Read More »

  • Augusto Genina – Frou-Frou (1955)

    1951-1960Augusto GeninaComedyItalyRomance

    Four prominent men take under their wing a young Parisian flower girl.
    With the help of her Pygmalions she becomes a famous cabaret singer. She falls in love with a charming gambler, Henri, who becomes her first lover. Abandoned by him, and after years spent in Russia with Prince Vladimir, Frou-Frou returns to France, where she has to rebuild her own life by singing in second-order theaters.
    She then meets and has a relationship with a painter, Michel, by whom she has a daughter. After Michel’s suicide she devotes herself to her.Read More »

  • Claude Mulot – La rose écorchée AKA The Blood Rose (1970)

    1961-1970Claude MulotExploitationFranceHorror

    Synopsis:
    When his new bride’s face is hideously disfigured in a fire, Frederic Lansac, a famous society painter, is determined to restore her beauty. He seeks out a notorious plastic surgeon who is on the run from the authorities. Using Lansac’s remote castle as a base, the two of them hunt down and imprison a series of young girls. Their skin is to be used in a serious of experiments aimed at restoring the face of Lansac’s wife.Read More »

  • Raymond Bailly – L’étrange Monsieur Steve AKA Mr. Steve (1957)

    France1951-1960Film NoirRaymond BaillyThriller

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    Synopsis:
    ‘Georges Villard is a modest bank employee who dreams of earning more money so that he can live more comfortably. When Monsieur Steve offers him a chance to do just that he accepts without a moment’s hesitation, partly because he wants to be near to Steve’s woman, Florence. However, Georges knows there will be a catch: what Steve wants is help to rob the bank where he works. When Georges refuses, he realises that his life is now in danger…’
    – James Travers, Willems HenriRead More »

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