Tag Archives: Romy Schneider

Robert Enrico – Le vieux fusil AKA Vengeance One by One AKA The Old Gun (1975)

In Montauban in 1944, Julien Dandieu in a surgeon in the local hospital. Frightened by the German army entering Montauban, he asks his friend Francois to drive his wife and his daughter in the back country village where Julien has an old castle. One week later, Julien decided to meet then for the week end, but the Germans are already occupying the village. Read More »

Costa-Gavras – Clair de femme AKA Womanlight (1979)

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With his wife dying a slow and undignified natural death, Michel prepares to leave France and catch a plane to Caracas. At the airport, he has second thoughts. Whilst walking the streets of Paris, he runs into Lydia, a middle-aged woman whose husband is brain damaged after a car accident in which her daughter died. Michel and Lydia find mutual support in each other’s company, but are they destined for one another…? Read More »

Robert Siodmak – Katia AKA Adorable Sinner (1959)

The Tsar Alexandre II meets a young student, Katia. He understands that he loves her and try to send her away but they end up seeing each other again and becomes his mistress. With the help of Katia, Alexandre prepares a liberal constitution, but these reforms make him hostile to the more privileged subjects without satirising the revolutionaries against the regime. Read More »

Clive Donner – What’s New Pussycat (1965)

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A playboy who refuses to give up his hedonistic lifestyle to settle down and marry his true love seeks help from a demented psychoanalyst who is having romantic problems of his own. Read More »

Claude Sautet – César et Rosalie AKA César and Rosalie (1972)

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Claude Sautet’s romantic drama Cesar et Rosalie (Cesar and Rosalie) stars Romy Schneider as Rosalie, a beautiful young woman involved with successful businessman Cesar (Yves Montand). One day, Rosalie’s former flame David (Sami Frey) appears and attempts to win her back. Cesar reacts with a jealous intensity never before seen by Rosalie, and because of that, she returns to David. She remains conflicted regarding her choice of partner, but eventually, one of the men does something which resolves the situation. Cesar et Rosalie contains one of the first screen appearances of French actress Isabelle Huppert. Read More »

Andrzej Zulawski – L’Important c’est d’aimer AKA That Most Important Thing: Love (1975)

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Andrzej Zulawski’s L’important c’est d’aimer is a film of dishevelled lyricism, bursting with noise and anger; an insane storm-tainted flamboyant opera; a visual symphony with apocalyptic emphasis featuring sleaze-bags, clowns, drop-outs, wimps, bastards, and “puppet shows depicting lives of complete scoundrels and ruined careers.” Where some people will see nothing but a graphic canvas of pain, horror and a bloody parade of violence, others who analyze the darkness will see a call for compassion. This is the story of a fragile woman, Nadine Chevalier, who supports her failure-obsessed companion to the bitter end, and who meets a photographer weighed down by remorse. Read More »

Alain Cavalier – Le combat dans l’île AKA Fire and Ice (1962)

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‘The son of a French industrialist, Clément is a right wing extremist who belongs to a secret militant right wing organization that uses whatever means necessary, including violence, to achieve its goals. His wife Anne, a former German actress who gave up her career to be the doting wife, knows somewhat of his extremist views, and suspects he would indeed kill if need be as witnessed by what she finds hidden in their house. He often treats her poorly, especially out in public as she maintains the façade of her former celebrity, which he believes is her acting like a whore. Regardless, she is compelled to stay in the marriage. After he and a right wing colleague assassinate a Communist figure, that assassination which goes slightly awry, Clément and Anne hide out in the country home of Clément’s childhood friend, Paul, who knows nothing about Cléments extremist views. Paul is a democrat and pacifist. Clément is forced to leave to pursue a mission, leaving Anne behind.’
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