1957. France/Italy. Julien Duvivier. 115 min.
Friday, May 15, 2009, 4:30 p.m.
1957. France/Italy. Directed by Julien Duvivier. Screenplay by Julien Duvivier, Léo Joannon, Henri Jeanson. With Gérard Philipe, Danielle Darrieux, Dany Carrel, Anouk Aimée. "A scintillating satire of the discrete charms of the French bourgeoisie under the Second Empire. Returning nearly thirty years later to Zola for his inspiration, Duvivier fashions a sardonic comedy that often whirs like a Feydeau farce. The sterling cast is headed by Gérard Philipe as a young provincial on the make in Paris, and Danielle Darrieux as the owner of the drapery shop where he finds employment. Arguably Duvivier’s last major artistic success" (Lenny Borger). In French; English subtitles. 115 min.