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Kinski believed that he lived through the same experiences as the legendary "devil violinist" Niccolo Paganini, who set whole Europe of the 19th century into frenzy and through whose personality Kinski offers us an incredibly profound and honest insight into his own life; a life of extremities. (imdb)
Set in 1938, it tells the farcical story of a band of five French speaking Greek Jews who seek to have their status as self-appointed ambassadors of a Palestinian Zionist state recognized by the League of Nations in Geneva. The film follows their rambling odyssey from their native Greek island to Marseilles to Geneva, where they involve a Polish Jewish immigrant in their scheme.
Two pensioners, one an ex-womaniser who has spent his fortune on the high life and the other an uptight character decide to go on holiday together with comic results. (ftvdb.bfi)
The adventures of two derelicts. They are prisoners in a battleship, then, after a mutiny, they succeed to become officers. They leave the boat and start to drift all around the Spain with the mere goal to reach something to eat. A prostitute could set their life. (imdb)
Igor, who manages a fancy hotel and is on the take, has to juggle several problems at once. (imdb)
This adaptation of Ben Hecht's novel is a satire that unfolds as a mystery story. A Hollywood studio is producing another spectacular when the top billed male stars suddenly show up as corpses, killed before the critics could ever put pen to paper. Under suspicion is a talent agent. Is he guilty or not? These macabre events have everyone off their feed, from the producers down to the lowest gofer. (Allmovie)
Elena lives on a Tuscan farm, separated from her ineffectual husband Leonardo, who is more concerned with his mistress Lolli than his wife or two daughters, Franca and Malvina. This collection of female figures inhabiting a world virtually without men is completed by Elena's sister Claudia and Elena's housekeeper Fosca. The only male in the house is a senile old uncle who spends most of his time knitting. This unusual stable female environment is suddenly shaken by several crises. (imdb)
Lybia, 1940. Lupi is a young officer working in the Army Health department. There he meets Oscar Pilli, a doctor whose behaviour is rather strange. (mubi.com)
The story is about poor François Pepin, an unfortunate reporter who seems to attract accidents with no effort at all. He is smitten by Prudence Guilledou, the daughter of a French newspaper mogul -- an amour that may even help him in his own career. But then the charming Prudence is kidnapped, and he dashes to her rescue, only to find himself and his rescuee subsequently on the run through the Alps trying to keep a few steps ahead of the kidnappers. But is the situation as hopeless as it looks? (Allmovie)
This time the "amici" (friends) are just four: Necchi, Meandri, Mascetti and Sassaroli. Nevertheless they are older they still love to spend their time mainly organizing irresistible jokes to everyone in every kind of situation. Mascetti is hospitalized in a geriatric clinic. Of course the place become immediately the main stage for all their jokes. After some jokes they decided to place an ultimate incredible and farcical joke to the clinic guests. (imdb)
Comedy in which a young girl is married to an old man for his wealth. (bfi)
A young soldier, sent away from his lover is lodges with a colonel. Among the other lodgers is a mad woman who falls in love with him.
Eugenio is brought up by his grandparents after his parents separate. His father's friend abandoned him one day, but he is found and given much unaccustomed affection. Encouraged by his father's friend, however, he runs away, and no one notices... (bfi)
A burlesque of Moliere's "Le Malade Imaginaire". (bfi)
Black comedy about solitude and dishumanization of the modern world, through the adventures of three men. (IMDB)
Franck Poupart is a slightly neurotic door-to-door salesman in a sinister part of Paris' suburbs. He meets Mona, a teenager, who's been made a prostitute by her own aunt. Franck would like to change his life and also save Mona from her aunt. Murder is the only solution he finds to achieve his goal... A very gloomy movie, exuding dispair and uneasiness, with pathetic characters. (imdb)
Francois always despised the textile barons who ruled his local town. But he fell in love with the family heiress Gilberte. Ten years ago, he would have married her. Now only hatred holds them together. Francois is accused of murder. A hooker and a football star lie slaughtered. He thinks he has been framed by the mob. Going underground, he finds that the trail leads all the way to the top - to Gilberte's family. He needs friends. And friends are hard to come by in his town. (imdb)
Two middle-aged victims of the war of the sexes, Paul and Albert (Jean-Pierre Marielle and Jean Rochefort) run away from their families at the same time. They indulge themselves by eating what they want to, when and where it pleases them. Trouble finds them in the form of their abandoned wives, and the film moves very much into the realm of symbolic and sexual fantasy from this point onward. (Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide)
After his family tries to kill him and he has been pronounced dead, Michel returns to vex them. He presents each one with a voodoo doll, warning of their fate. (imdb)
A pair of elderly men, friends for 40 years, find their relationship stressed when they set up housekeeping together in order to save money. Exploring similar ground to that covered in Neil Simon's play The Odd Couple, which spawned a movie and a television series, Ce Cher Victor explores the tragic and dramatic aspects of the story. The two friends, meek, sensitive Anselme and blustering Victor are swiftly driven apart by circumstances. (allmovie.com)
Max and Riton, two lousy thugs, acting under the direction of Fano. After a missed break, he dismisses them before offering them to remember the biggest coup of the century : to steal funds from the pension fund of SNCF stored in a safe in the Gare de l'Est. To steal money, they imagine opening the chest through the toilets of the station. Thus, under various disguises, they manage to win the booty at the same time as full of surprises will arise during their long and audacious operation ... (Wikipédia)
While the president of a West African Republic arrives in France to sell uranium to the state, spies all over the world are on the spot in order to defeat the transaction.
The advertising business is the background for this drama about the struggles between a jaded old-timer (Bernard Blier) and his former employee (Francis Perrin), an idealistic young man who starts his own company and wants somehow to tell the truth about the products he is pushing. (Allmovie)
Necchi (a bar owner), Perozzi (a journalist), Melandri (an architect) and Mascetti (a broken nobleman) live in Florence. They have been friends since their youngest years and spend every free moment together organizing complex and terrible jokes to all the people they meet, or just wandering around Tuscany. (imdb)
Following a terrorist attack on a train, police arrested the police worker Stefano Baldini, a militant in a left-wing group, who, however, died during police interrogation under unclear circumstances. His sister suspected that it was not an accident and tries to find out the truth with journalist Cristina Visconti.
Henri-Pierre, Bob and Dimitri are three seedy gangsters who venture from Frankie Strong, king of show business to rob him. Unfortunately, like all rich people, Strong and his friends have no money on them, only credit cards. Henri-Pierre ends up accepting a check, before realizing that, Friday night, the banks open only on Monday. The robbers are deflected and then spend the weekend together as a family, and roles will sometimes be reversed ... (Wikipedia)
Overnight, Paris is invaded - although peacefully - but the Chinese Army, and millions of Chinese people... It's the Nazi occupation all over again, with modern - funny - twists. (imdb)
Comedy of provincial life under Mussolini at a time just before the Ethiopian war. (bfi)
After an unfortunate initiative the financial advisor Benoît Lepape is dismissed. He convinces his uncle, a union activist, to invest funds of the union and apply capitalist methods in a successful bicycle business, and then in a model electronics factory.
Pierre Gastié-Leroy (Pierre Richard) is the son of a wealthy director of a factory of weapon manufacturing (Bernard Blier). Despite his parents, two generous uncles and a bishop godfather who try to inculcate him the rigid values of his social level, Pierre is a dreamer, antimilitaristic, social educator who dreams of saving three thugs, his "little guys" at the limit of delinquency. (Wikipedia)
Rosemunde earns her living selling relics to the Catholic church. She manufactures them using a specialized machine made by her grandfather, which transforms corpses into bone. Needless to say, since she must have dead bodies in order to do this, the police take an interest in her affairs. In order to fend off their inquiries, she concocts a scheme using a hippyish Jesus-cultist, who is a dead-ringer for conventional notions of how Jesus looked. (Allmovie)
Two factions of the French Secret Service involve a seemingly normal orchestra player, Francois Perrin, into their battle as one side uses him as a decoy. Soon, agents are all over the place, and one of them, Christine, is sent to seduce Francois. Meanwhile, Francois has his own problems, tangled up in an affair with his best friend's wife. (imdb)
Sex comedy set in mediaeval Florence. (bfi)
Jean Yanne directs and stars in this French comedy. He plays a radio reporter who is fired when he recounts on the air just how his brave colleagues report on Latin American revolutions: from a lounge chair next to the pool of a luxury hotel, or from cabanas along the beach. He is briefly hired back to run the station but gets fired yet again when he airs an exposé of phony name-brand products. (Allmovie)
In this French police thriller, Le Guen (Jean Gabin) is an old-style police inspector, near retirement. When Gassot (Fabio Testi) escapes from the mental institute for the criminally insane, Le Guen is the best man to track him down. After all, he put him away years before. Gassot leaves behind a string of corpses and takes up with a prostitute while Le Guen chases him. Gerard Depardieu makes one of his first screen appearances here, in a small part. (imdb)
The day he is released from jail, Serge is expected by four killers sent by Count Charles Varèse assigned to make him confess where he has hidden the jewels stolen during his last stickup. On the other hand the police inspector who arrested him offers him protection on condition he gives him the same piece of information. Serge refuses and is about to be tortured by Varèse's henchmen when Michel, a friendly hood, comes to his rescue. His friendship will result in... a heap of corpses! (imdb)
Andrej, a smuggler of microfilmed Russian manuscripts, uses the luggage of unsuspecting travelers to transport the contraband out of the country. (imdb)
Michele is a three-testicle, sexually insatiable man who goes around bedding all women in town (regardless of age), until one day things goes terribly wrong. (imdb)
Antoine Brisebard, a successful author, is victim of a blackmailer who threatens to reach it by revealing the past of his wife. Determined to get rid of Jo, the head of blackmail, he pretext of writing a piece police to collect from anyone who will listen the ingredients of the perfect crime. He is even thinking of hiding his body in the gazebo that his wife gave him to St.Antoine. Unfortunately when Jo picks up the money required, the plan of Brisebard to eliminate it doesn't go as planned. (Wikipedia)
Alfred doesn't work. He lets his wife do that. Instead, he plays the horses, and wanders about, hitchhiking. His sly laziness serves him in good stead when he is kidnapped by people he thought were giving him a ride. He wakes from unconsciousness in a coffin in Istanbul, pockets full of counterfeit cash. Another gang, not the one that kidnapped him, accosts him and tries to find out what kind of smuggling scheme would send him in the coffin; (Allmovie)
The Daydreamer (Le Distrait) stars Pierre Richard (who also directed) as a stumblebum ad-agency employee. Unable to get by in the "real" world, he opts for his own fantasy world, in which everything goes right for him and he always gets the girl. After several blithe moments, the businessman manages to find success and romance for real. (tracktvlinks.com)
This offbeat satirical comedy finds a beautiful and talkative housekeeper (Annie Girardot) working for several colorful employers. One is a former prostitute living with a prominent politician. Also included is a ribald bank teller and a strange man who helps out at a church for wayward boys and sings at a homosexual nightclub. The housekeeper's verbose nature leads to blackmail for her clients, with the two men meeting their deaths and the ex-prostitute wedding plans put in jeopardy. (Allmovie)
Benjamin is in love with Manette, the innkeeper's beautiful daughter, but she has no intention of giving in to the young doctor until she sees the marriage contract, and marriage does not fit in with Benjamin's spirit of independence.
A rich businessman is fed up with work, family, society, and goes with a friend to Africa, in search of another friend who had vanished there in mysterious circumstances. (imdb)
France, July 1789. Whilst a party of aristocrats is enjoying themselves in the Bois de Vincennes, the French Revolution is beginning to get underway. At the insistence of her father, 16-year-old Caroline de Bièvre must marry the politician Georges Berthier, but she is in love with the younger, more handsome Gaston de Sallanches. (imdb)
A young lady tries to get his stolen money back, from the famous gangster Charles le Téméraire.
Goubi, the simpleton of his village in the French Department Allier, has but one wish: to see Paris. One day, the truckers Grafouillère deposit a drunk Goubi in the biggest market of Paris (the "Halles"). The poor man is completely lost, but the meat merchant Dessertine takes him under his wings when he hears that Goubi was likewise 'raised by the State'... (imdb)
In an atmosphere of political tension when the French still control Algiers, an Algerian is killed on the beach and a French man who has lived in Algiers all his life is arrested for the murder... (imdb)
A vacationing doctor (Bernard Blier) is caught in a web of international espionage after his chance meeting with a medical patient in Poland. He is soon followed by a concerned secret service agent (Bruno Cremer) who warns the unsuspecting doctor that his daughter could be in danger. The physician's chance encounter with the man he treated leads the spies to believe he is in collaboration with the enemy. (Dan Pavlides, All Movie Guide)
Eugene Ballanchon is working on the development of a truth gas, but discovers an exhilarating gas, capable of neutralizing the enemy.
Nicolas Pappas and Leon Dubois, two particularly calamitous killers, arrive in Paris where an evil gang leader urges them to cover the escape of the perpetrators of a robbery. They are doing so, and then see themselves responsible for liquidating a certain "Magnum" ...
Investigator Fred Lester uncovers a killer using an air pistol firing chemical bullets in this swinging '60s spy thriller. (Amazon.com)
Top-notch french restaurant owner Monsieur Septime is involved into crime when one of his famous guests disappears. (imdb)
Drama of a vendetta in Sardinia and how family honour forces a man to shoot his wife, who is in fact blameless, for his honour's sake. (bfi)
Two little seedy villains, Hyacinthe (a former cop) and Arsène are trying unsuccessfully to roll Alexandre Larsan-Bellac, a high-class crook. This one will use them to mount a big blow that will succeed, but not in the sense that the three protagonists hoped ... (Wikipedia)
A cold-war spy parody. After the death of an armaments manufacturer, an international group of spies is drawn into a high-stakes battle of wits to obtain the valuable military patents which have been inherited by the lovely widow. (imdb)
Southern Morocco, 1963. The owner of a truck transports company hires a new driver (a self-called American tough guy) to transport mysterious goods in a brand new magnificent truck. While the established group of drivers of the company is welcoming the new driver, one of them hijack the mysterious truck on the day after, planning to negotiate the sale of goods for its own profit and fly over with his new young bride. The best driver of the company is launched to his young fellow's pursuit. (imdb)
In this French comedy from director Edouard Molinaro, a young Jean-Paul Belmondo stars as Fernand, a groom-to-be who is dissuaded from stepping up to the altar by his two friends after they terrify him with their personal marriage horror stories. Antoine immediately ditches his bride and heads for Greece, but not before giving his friend Antoine (Jean-Claude Brialy) his honeymoon cruise tickets. Aboard the boat, Antoine meets and falls in love. (allmovie.com)
The Magnificent Cuckold is about a hat tycoon who is ecstatically, if not hungrily, in love with his youthful wife. It is all blissful, that is, until our man, middle-aged and somewhat of a square among his blasé, upper-class friends to whom cuckoldry is a common practice, is seduced by one of them. At this point doubts and suspicions, like conscience, begin to plague him. (wikipedia)
Anthology film about marriage and betrayal in the modern world.
Ex-gangster Fernand (Lino Ventura) receives a call from a dying friend, a mob boss nicknamed "The Mexican". The doomed mobster talks Fernand into taking care of some criminal business and looking after his soon-to-be-married daughter. (imdb)
Mario Monicelli's wonderfully full portrait of an early workers' strike at a Turino textile factory. (IMDB Comments)
The man (Bernard Blier) who actually murdered a woman for rejecting him is on the jury for the trial of an innocent man.
The story of eighteen-year old Agathe (Agathe Aëms) with a firm independence of men even if she uses them to get to the côte d'azur.
At 73, France's ex-president, Emile Beaufort, faces declining health, but he still plays a vigorous role behind the scenes as a philosopher and, potentially, as a power broker. In particular, his relationship with Philippe Chalamont comes into play: Chalamont seems in line to be the next Prime Minister, and Beaufort's history with him is long, deep, and problematic. As Beaufort dictates his memoirs, his narrative take us to occasions, 15 and 20 years before, in which Chalamont and he clashed. (imdb)
It's 1944, and Mr. Leproux is the mayor of a French Normandy village occupied by German troops. The Nazis search for a wounded British pilot who he has been hidden away, while the French Resistance leads a battle in the shadows.
The Marquis de Villemaur reunites strange visitors in his Castle, to meet a survivor of the 3rd Reich. There is an Italian fascist, Heinrich, a German, Matthias, a Russian and Dromard, a blind French war hero, with a black monocle. (imdb)
"Le Dabe" retired many years ago and now he lives in the Tropics where he owns stables and horses. He is a very rich man. He was the king of all money counterfeiters. He is contacted from Paris to organize a new job. He says no. But when he finds out the the currency that should be counterfeited is the Holland Forint, he accepts immediately. He retired after having counterfeited 100 Forint notes just before the Queen Wilhelmina retired them from circulation. He flies to Paris. (imdb)
Stefan Borba was a member of a spy ring during the war but after the end of the conflict he opted out. Now he is a miner in Belgium and lives happily there with his wife Denise. Unfortunately for him, his past catches up with him. One day indeed, Milan, a secret agent with whom he used to work, resurfaces and forces him back into action... (imdb)
Alvaro Cosenza, also known as the Hunchback from Quarticciolo (Il Gobbo del Quarticciolo), during Rome's occupation by Nazis in 1943, decides to revolt. (imdb)
Murder mystery about three couples who are involved in the murder of a wealthy woman.
Bum Archimede wants to spend the winter in prison, but to get their proves not to be that easy. (imdb)
Italy, 1916. Oreste Jacovacci and Giovanni Busacca are called, as all the Italian youths, to serve the army in the WWI. They both try in every way to avoid serving the army. (imdb)
15 years after WWII ten members of the underground reunite to expose a traitor among them.
Jean Valjean, convicted of a minor crime, spends the rest of his life being pursued by a cruel and unrelenting policeman, Javert. (imdb)
A French tutor is determined to save a general's family from financial ruin.
Noël Schoudler is the head of a wealthy and powerful family in France. He manages his financial and commercial concerns with an iron grip, leaving little room for his son François to prove himself. (imdb)
Henri Godot is the owner of a night-club in Paris. He hires young hit man Jo to kill his arch rival Boby. But Jo gets entangled with the intriguing femme fatale, Angele aka Maine, who is Bob's mistress.
What do you do when you want to commit suicide whereas you have just had the suicide clause cancelled from your insurance contract? Just ask your wife! What do you do when the attractive new chauffeur surprises you in the process of distorting the truth? Just make him your lover! But beware : even the most elaborate schemes can backfire! (imdb)
In the absence of his wife, a clarinet player is induced by a friend to meet a call girl, but arrived after a crime. (imdb)
Jacques Arnaud arrives in a small town somewhere in the province. Soon a citizen reports to him that strangers have broken into his house where they stole a mysterious "black dossier". (imdb)
During the Italian campaigns of the French Revolutionary Wars Brigadier Le Gouce and private Jean-Louis forfeit their horses. Afraid of a severe punishment both lie to Captain Georges. They just make up a story about them having been the target of a selective ambush. Little later their regiment is annihilated by an Austrian attack. Only the two humbuggers are lucky enough to survive. Napoleon has them celebrated as heroes and thus they get into the books of history. (Wikpedia)
" Set in 1950, the film concentrates on five Parisian adolescents. Certain that the next war will herald the apocalypse, the youngster make plans to run off to a desert island and set up a new society. This, however, will require money, which is why the boys decide to pull off a "necessary" robbery. Idealism collapses in the face of cold reality, as the five youths suffer from the consequences of their actions. (NY Times)
On the occasion of his fiftieth birthday, divisional commissioner François Basquier recalls his professional career.
Thérèse Ravenaz is a charming young woman but also the victim of a seducer who abandoned her as soon as he was told she was expecting a baby. To trace her unworthy lover, she boards a taxi driven by Emile Gauthier, a friendly cabdriver, who accepts to help her. But street after street, district after district, the seducer is nowhere to be found in Paris. And when she finally achieves the end of her quest, there is no Holy Grail. She learns he is already married! (Guy Bellinger)
World War I veteran and schoolteacher Buffle Pascal (Bernard Blier) takes a position at a boys' boarding school, where he implements his own ideas on how to teach. Dismissing traditional methods of rigid, cruel discipline and rote memorization, Pascal urges his students to use their hands and heads to build, examine, explore and express themselves. (imdb)
Dedee is a prostitute, working in Monsieur Rene's night club on Antwerp's harbour. The porter is Marco, her pimp. Dedee is not happy, until she meets Francesco, an italian sailorman. They fall in love and Dedee begins to dream about an escape of her daily dullness. (imdb)
The story of the Swiss soldier, Henri Dunant (Jean-Louis Barrault), who was responsible for the founding of the Red Cross, and who was offered the first Nobel Peace Prize.
Jenny Lamour wants to succeed in music hall. Her husband and accompanist is Maurice Martineau, a nice but jealous guy... (imdb)
The story of Marie-Martine,told backwards.
Highlights of the turbulent existence of Berlioz; his irresistible vocation, the breaking with his mother, his passion for Marie Martin. (toutlecine.com)
Denis is distracted: he's studying all day for philosophy exams and working all night at the flower market; plus... (imdb)
Francois, a sympathetic factory worker, kills Valentin with a gun. He locked himself in his furnished room and starts remembering how he was led to murder. He met once Francoise, a young fleurist, and they fell in love. But Francoise was gotten round by Valentin, a dog trainer, a machiavellian guy... (imdb)
The film explores the premise of what would happen if a group of young people - poor, rich, discontented, bored - were given an idyllic community in which to live. (imdb)
A young couple, Renee and Pierre, take one night a room at the Hotel du Nord, in Paris, near the canal Saint-Martin. They want to die together, but after having shooted at Renee, Pierre lacks of courage and ran away. Another customer, Monsieur Edmond, a procurer, rescues her. When Renee goes out of the hospital, she is hired as a waitress at the hotel. Monsieur Edmond falls in love with her, but Renee is still thinking of Pierre ... (imdb)
François, Cecilia and Isabelle are in the class drama conservatory headed by Professor Lambertin. François is in love with Isabelle, who also loves, but he is pursued by Cecilia, his former mistress. Cecilia's suicide suicide by concealing a crime, so as to involve François. But testimony set the record straight. (Wikipedia)