Thursday, March 2, 2017

Porte des Lilas (1957)

Academy Awards, USA 1958

Best Foreign Language Film

Cinédis (France)
Directed by René Clair
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

A middle-aged drunk and loafer, living with his mother and sister, befriends a local musician at a bar. They hang around his dilapidated house eating cans of stolen food. One day, they hide a wanted thief and murderer in the basement. Days turn into weeks, and the two men will do almost anything for the criminal, who graces the national headlines with his good looks. He seduces a young girl and persuades her to give him money to leave the country, infuriating the other man and leading to a deadly confrontation. Odd little film from Clair, with unsympathetic characters trying to find meaning in their lonely lives. Real life musician and poet Georges Brassens basically plays himself as "L'Artiste" in his only film appearance.

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