The Atlantic Wall

Directed byMarcel CAMUS

With:Bourvil,Jean Poiret,Peter McEnery,Sophie Desmarets

Synopsis:

Marcel Camus directs this gentle portrait of mild-mannered Léon (Bourvil), an innkeeper in Normandy who manages to stay clear of any political activity during the German Occupation until a British aviator shows up at his inn. Léon’s daughter falls in love with the British pilot and, just to complicate things, Léon finds himself caught up in a plot to assassinate Rommel !

110min French

Swimming Pool

Directed byJacques Deray

With:Alain Delon,Romy Schneider

Synopsis:

Jean-Paul and Marianne spend lazy holidays at their villa in idyllic Southern France. However when Harry and his attrac tive young daughter Penelope show up, the dreamy summer days are suddenly filled with unspoken tension and jealousy.

108min French

The Hotshots

Directed byAlex JOFFÉ

With:Bourvil,Patrick Préjean,Robert Hirsch

Synopsis:

After some serious tinkering, modest inventor Jules Duroc (Bourvil) creates the first modern bicycle. Before Duroc can demonstrate his invention, he is forced to flee a relentless debt collector. The clever inventor hides out among the participants in the Paris-San Remo race – which he ends up winning thanks to his marvellous new bicycle.

110min French

The Last Adventure

Directed byRobert ENRICO

With:Alain Delon,Joanna Shimkus,Lino Ventura,Serge Regianni

Synopsis:

Two adventurers and best friends, Roland and Manu, are the victims of a practical joke that costs Manu his pilot’s license. With seeming contrition, the jokesters tell Roland and Manu about a crashed plane lying on the ocean floor off the coast of Congo stuffed with riches. The adventurers set off to find the loot. Going with them is Laetitia, an artistic young woman who treats them like brothers, plays along with their schemes, makes sculptures of found objects, and dreams of buying an old fort on the French coast. The Congo tip turns out to be a trap and the adventurers must pick up the pieces.

110min French

Ruy Blas

Directed byPierre BILLON

With:Danielle Darrieux,Jean Marais,Marcel Herrand

Synopsis:

Jean Cocteau adapts Victor Hugos’s great romantic drama for the screen and asks Pierre Billon to direct. Jean Marais stars in a double role, both as Ruy Blas, the poor young student deeply in love with the Queen of Spain (the radiant Danielle Darrieux) and the man he strangely resembles, Don Cesare de Bazin. Because of this uncanny physical similarity, the unscrupulous chief of police, Don Sallustre (Marcel Herrand), engages Ruy Blas in order to manipulate the Queen. But the evil Don Sallustre underestimates Ruy Blas’ loyalty to his Monarch…

93min French

The Phantom Carriage

Directed byJulien DUVIVIER

With:Louis Jouvet,Marie Bell,Pierre Fresnay

Synopsis:

The creaking wheels of the phantom carriage ridden by Death himself – and driven for a year by the hapless man who dies at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve – provide the sinister backdrop for this rare French fantasy film. Pierre Fresnay is remarkable as hard-drinking tough guy, David, whose buddy Georges (the equally remarkable Louis Jouvet) haunts his nights as the ghostly carriage driver. A woman from the Salvation Army will try to save David from the fate of his friend…

88min French