Out on dvd Pre-New Wave French film noir thriller – PLEIN SOLEIL

Plein SoleilPLEIN SOLEIL (PG)   1959 FRANCE    CLÉMENT, RENÉ

DVD – £15.99     BLU-RAY – £19.99
Pre-New Wave French film noir thriller directed by René Clément, based on the novel ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’ by Patricia Highsmith and shot on the warm and glowing Mediterranean coast. Alain Delon stars in his debut leading role as Tom Ripley, a young American who is paid by the wealthy Greenleaf family to travel to Europe to persuade his friend, errant playboy Philip Greenleaf (Maurice Ronet), to return to the family home in San Francisco. When he gets there, Tom discovers that Philip has it all – including a beautiful fiancée, Marge (Marie Laforet) – and begins to covet his luxurious lifestyle.

Philip, initially amused by Tom’s arrival, soon tires of him, and as Tom begins to find himself excluded from Philip’s coterie, his envy takes a murderous turn. Highsmith’s novel was later adapted by Hollywood as ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’ (1999) starring Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow.

In French with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

LA MAISON SOUS LES ARBRES/THE DEADLY TRAP out on dvd January 2013

DEADLY TRAPLA MAISON SOUS LES ARBRES/THE DEADLY TRAP (12) 1971 FRANCE   CLÉMENT, RENÉ            £15.99
Faye Dunaway and Frank Langella star in this psychological thriller from French director René Clément. After moving to Paris with her computer expert husband Philippe (Langella), Jill (Dunaway) becomes worried for her family’s future when her husband suddenly quits his job for no apparent reason. With Philippe’s former employers unwilling to part company, however, and her past psychological problems resurfacing, Jill soon finds herself having to investigate her husband’s murky past, as the suspected kidnapping of her children threatens to throw her over the edge.

DVD available at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

Film review by John Parrot  – http://thefilmreview.com/reviews/the-deadly-trap.html

JEUX INTERDITS /FORBIDDEN GAMES out on dvd January 2013

FORBIDDEN GAMESJEUX INTERDITS /FORBIDDEN GAMES (12) 1952 FRANCE    CLÉMENT, RENÉ   £15.99
Set in France in 1940, the story follows five-year-old Paulette (Brigitte Fossey), who is left traumatised after her parents and pet dog are killed in a Nazi air attack whilst fleeing Paris. She soon finds herself befriended by ten-year-old Michel Dollé (Georges Poujouly),  whose peasant family takes her in.

As Paulette and Michel become best friends, they find a way of coping with the death and destruction that surrounds them by creating their own world, and in particular, a small cemetery in the ruins of an old barn, where they bury Paulette’s dog, and any other dead animals and insects they find.

DVD available at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

Wikipedia page for the film – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbidden_Games

GERVAISE (12) 1956 FRANCE CLÉMENT, RENÉ out on dvd January 2013

GERVAISEGERVAISE (12) 1956 FRANCE    CLÉMENT, RENÉ            £15.99
René Clément directs this adaptation of Émile Zola’s novel ‘L’Assommoir’, that follows the struggles of a young laundress trying to survive in 1850s Paris. Left to bring up her two young children alone when her lover, Lantier (Armand Mestral), walks out, Gervaise Macquart (Maria Schell) soon falls for the charms of local roofer, Henri Coupeau (François Perier). But her dreams of one day opening her own laundry shop are soon dashed when Henri suffers a serious fall from a roof, preventing him from working again.

Refusing to accept defeat, Gervaise borrows money from a friend, Goujet (Jacques Harden), and finally manages to open her shop. Her happiness is short lived, however, when she discovers that, instead of paying back Goujet with her hard-earned cash, Henri has been squandering the money on his increasing alcohol addiction.

DVD available at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

French Study Guide at – https://sites.google.com/site/onlinefilmresources/home/web-link-filing-cabinet/gervaise-french-film-guide—www-worldonlinecinema-com

LA COURSE DU LIÈVRE À TRAVERS LES CHAMPS/AND HOPE TO DIE out on dvd January 2013

AND HOPE TO DIELA COURSE DU LIÈVRE À TRAVERS LES CHAMPS/AND HOPE TO DIE (12) 1972 FRANCE     CLÉMENT,.RENÉ      £15.99

A fugitive needs all his wits about him when he becomes involved in a criminal gang’s plot in this crime drama from French director René Clément. Trying to outrun the assassins on his trail, Tony (Jean-Louis Trintignant) arrives in Canada to start a new life, but soon finds himself having to seek the protection of a gang of criminals led by Charley (Robert Ryan). With half the gang unsure whether they should kill him, Tony, hoping to convince them, offers his services when he learns that they’re plotting to kidnap the daughter of a local crime boss.

But just when all seems to be going well, events suddenly take an unforeseen course, forcing Tony to think fast as he tries to stay one step ahead of the pack.

DVD available at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

Film review by  Craig Pay – http://flickfeast.co.uk/reviews/film-reviews/hope-die-1972/