Raymond Rouleau

  • Marcel L’Herbier & Jacques de Baroncelli – L’honorable Catherine AKA Honorable Catherine (1943)

    1941-1950ComedyFranceJacques de BaroncelliMarcel L'Herbier

    Synopsis :
    Catherine’s technique to sell her clocks is to blackmail illegitimate couples such as Jacques and Gisèle. However when Gisèle’s husband Pierre walks in on them, Catherine pretends to be Jacques’s lover to save the day. Jacques then gets caught up in her schemes when the next couple she deals with turn out to be jewel thieves who kidnap them.Read More »

  • Henri Decoin – Les intrigantes (1954)

    1951-1960CrimeFranceHenri Decoin

    Quote:
    In the forties and the fifties,Henry Decoin’s forte was the film noir:”non coupable” which remains ignored today might be his masterpiece,but there are other interesting works such as “la vérité sur Bébé Donge”or “les inconnus dans la maison” .The almost documentary approach of “Razzia sur la chnouff” (about drugs) seems modern even today.And some works which are difficult to see (“Maléfices” “Bonnes à tuer” and “tous peuvent me tuer” probably deserve to be watched).Read More »

  • Raymond Rouleau – Les sorcières de Salem AKA The Crucible (1957)

    1951-1960ClassicsDramaFranceRaymond Rouleau

    Salem, 1692. Industrious farmer, John Proctor, has twice made love to 17-year-old Abigail, a youth he and his wife have taken in. (His wife Elisabeth has rebuffed him for seven months; she is puritanical and cold.) When she finds John and Abigail embracing, she sends the lass from her home and John, feeling damned, agrees. Abigail vows revenge. Her chance comes when she accuses Elisabeth of witchcraft and manipulates younger girls to support her claims of seeing spirits. The town’s minister and politicians want a cause: ridding the town of witchcraft is the ideal repression. John too, is accused; Abigail offers him a way to avoid hanging. Elisabeth has her own confession.Read More »

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