Stéphane Audran

  • Jean Douchet, Jean Rouch, Jean-Daniel Pollet, Eric Rohmer, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol – Paris vu par… AKA Six in Paris (1965)

    Quote:
    Six vignettes set in different sections of Paris, by six directors. St. Germain des Pres (Douchet), Gare du Nord (Rouch), Rue St. Denis (Pollet), and Montparnasse et Levallois (Godard) are stories of love, flirtation and prostitution; Place d’Etoile (Rohmer) concerns a haberdasher and his umbrella; and La Muette (Chabrol), a bourgeois family and earplugs.Read More »

  • Jean-Pierre Mocky – Les Saisons du Plaisir AKA The Seasons of Pleasure (1988)

    Synopsis
    Charles (Charles Vanel) is a 100-year-old perfume magnate who decides to marry the equally ancient Emmanuelle (Denis Grey) in the French sex comedy. Company executives and family members scramble for position in the wake of the surprising announcement.Read More »

  • Claude Chabrol – La rupture AKA The Breach (1970)

    Helene Regnier’s husband Charles, who is mentally ill, injures their son Michel in a rage. Charles moves back in with his wealthy and manipulative parents, who blame Helene for their son’s condition and vow to win custody of Michel. While the boy is in hospital, Helene rents a room in a boarding house nearby. The Regniers hire Paul Thomas, a family acquaintance who needs money, to find dirt on Helene before the court hearing on custody. Paul moves into the boarding house and, with the help of his girlfriend Sonia, who rarely wears clothes, plots to ruin Helene’s reputation and then her very life.Read More »

  • Anatole Litvak – The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun AKA La dame dans l’auto avec des lunettes et un fusil (1970)

    Synopsis:
    In one of those spur-of-the-moment decisions, Danielle “Dany” Lang, a meek English secretary with an international advertising agency in Paris, drives to sun-kissed French Riviera to blow off steam, after seeing her boss, Michael Caldwell, and his wife, Anita, off at the airport. The plan was to drop them off and drive Michael’s car back to the house; however, as soon as Dany sets foot on the picturesque resort for the first time in her life, a series of chance encounters with perfect strangers, who claim that they recognise her, begin to mar her ideal weekend. Now, there’s a strange noise coming from the boot of the car. Is the lady in the car going mad?Read More »

  • Éric Rohmer – Présentation ou Charlotte et son steak AKA Presentation, or Charlotte and her Steak (1960)

    Présentation ou Charlotte et son steak (1960)

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    Two young people, Walter and Charlotte, are walking through a small village in Switzerland a snowy winter day. Walter introduces Charlotte to Clara, hoping to make Charlotte jealous. After saying good-bye to Clara, Walter accompanies Charlotte into her house, although she doesn’t want him to. Charlotte is hungry and cooks a steak. She asks Walter if he wants a piece of it. He says no, but she gives him a small piece anyway. He wants a kiss, and she says no. She starts to compare herself with Clara, who Walter agrees is more beautiful. In spite of this, Walter says he likes Charlotte much more, but she thinks he is lying. She notices that he is cold and shivering. She hugs him, he kisses her, and she starts kissing him. After leaving the house he accompanies her to the train.Read More »

  • Jean Delannoy – La peau de Torpedo (1970)

    La peau de Torpedo (1970)
    Synopsis
    A secret agent is murdered by his jealous wife who mistakenly interprets his absences from home as acts of infidelity. This triggers a deadly chain of events. Will she be next?Read More »

  • Gabriel Axel – Babettes gæstebud AKA Babette’s Feast (1987)

    In 19th century Denmark, two adult sisters live in an isolated village with their father, who is the honored pastor of a small Protestant church that is almost a sect unto itself. Although they each are presented with a real opportunity to leave the village, the sisters choose to stay with their father, to serve to him and their church. After some years, a French woman refugee, Babette, arrives at their door, begs them to take her in, and commits herself to work for them as maid/housekeeper/cook. Sometime after their father dies, the sisters decide to hold a dinner to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. Babette experiences unexpected good fortune and implores the sisters to allow her to take charge of the preparation of the meal.Read More »

  • Claude Chabrol – Les affinités électives (1982)

    The story takes place in Germany at the beginning of the last century. Edouard, the wealthy baron and Charlotte, who had loved each other since their youth, could only marry after both became widowed. Edouard invites his childhood friend, Captain Otto to manage the reconstruction work of the castle.Read More »

  • Bertrand Tavernier – Coup de torchon AKA Clean Slate [+Extras] (1981)

    Quote:
    1938, in a French African colony. Lucien Cordier is the cop of this village, populated with blacks and a few whites (usually racialist and lustful). He is a washout, everyone (including his wife Huguette) humiliates him. He never arrests anyone and looks at elsewhere when a dirty trick occurs. But one day, he turns into a Machiavellian exterminating angel.Read More »

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