"Itinerary of a spoiled child", "One + One" ... The 5 best and 5 worst films of Claude Lelouch

“Itinerary of a spoiled child”, “One + One” … The 5 best and 5 worst films of Claude Lelouch

Terrifying at times, luminous at other times… Claude Lelouch’s feature-length films can only be divisive. But with the release of his new movie titled…Lucy, Love is better than lifeAnd Marian Immerse yourself in his past to make a better 5/traditional flop now. Attention, subjectivity secured.

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5. A Man and a Woman (1966)

Chabadabada, chabadada… We won’t be repeating the pitch for this amazing film which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, two Oscars and four Golden Globes in the same year and brought Claude Lelouch both critical and public acclaim. But we still love, 56 years after its release, Jean-Louis Trentinant and Anouk Aimee, a legendary couple under the cold Deauville sky, the deserted hotel, the empty beach, the wind blowing on the sand, the emerging smiles, the secrets delivered in one breath, gorgeous in black and white Hanging moments. Even if the script fit a postage stamp – two life-wounded people learn to love again – the essential is found elsewhere, in the moving camera, in the music of Francis Lay, Pierre Barrouh and Nicole Crozel, in the divine plans, in the magnetism of their performers and in the infinite sensuality of these reluctant hearts. Timeless and universal.

4. Each Other (1981)

The family mural centered on four breeds of different nationalities (French, Russian, German and American) and three generations linked to a love of music, this three-hour monster movie, from 1936 to 1981, destinies marked by World War II. As Jorge Don, the ballerina, says of a fallen Russian soldier: “ Those who declare war have neither relationship nor love. Not for loach representatives.

With a silky voice, from Frances Hoster, Five Star Actor – Geraldine Chaplin, Nicole Garcia, Masha Merrill, Fanny Ardant, Robert Hussein, Daniel Olbrischke, James Caan, Richard Boehringer, Jacques Villier, Jean-Claude Brialy … – Sequence Sensitive – Decided Leader Yet to be performed in an empty room – and an extraordinary finale as Jorge Don blasts off the Ravel Bolero designed by Maurice Biggart, Lelouch delivers a subtle and powerful hymn of forgiveness.

3 – Happy New Year (1973)

A romantic comedy thriller. Lelouch is like no other when he transforms into actors he dedicates and leaves them all their place on screen. Here, Lino Ventura, as a romantic thief trying to outsmart Françoise Fabien, with the help of Charles Girard, as a loyal friend ready for anything, including the heist of Van Cleef’s jewelry store in Cannes, famous for being unbreakable. With light, natural camera and engraved dialogue, Lelouch depicts preparations for the robbery with as much grace as the emerging love story between Lino Ventura and Françoise Fabien.

As a bonus, a cult sequence, a reference to his own movie: Prisoner Whistle a man and a woman During the weekly prison check. happy New Year, which Stanley Kubrick had projected onto his team before each shot began, has, after nearly 50 years, lost none of its freshness and elegance.

2. Adventure is Adventure (1972)

A gem of comedy presented by a quintet of outstanding actors having insanely fun. Lino Ventura, Jacques Brill, Charles Diner, Aldo Maccioni and Charles Girard embody thieves turned political crime, trying to kidnap a Swiss diplomat or organize a revolution in the Banana Republic.

Filled with worship lines—” Capital is over! Fifth finished! “,” Is force really profitable? “,” Stalin, the driver of the revolution, it’s a metaphor This tenth feature film directed by Lelouch is a jubilant farce that depicts beyond sixty-eight models on the horizon. And the belief that when it was released, this movie was accused of being reactionary! It was to forget that it was above all, like the famous joke made by Lino Ventura, ” Groucho Marxism “. Delicious.

1 – A Pampered Child Itinerary (1988)

With this 30th film, Claude Lelouch confirms not only that he is a great director but also that he is able to destroy the legend of the seventh art. no thing. Jean-Paul Belmondo, here, scratching his image of a wonderful and tender thug, breaks with himself. His character, Sam Lyon, is a young man who was abandoned by his mother when he was only 6 months old and everything works out. He decides to disappear, change his identity and live on an adventure. But one of his former employees, wonderfully portrayed by Richard Anconina, will find him deep in the African bush and lead him to reconnect with his family. With a vortex camera and a scenario full of humanity, Lelouch makes people love life, the one we suffer and we chose. A must see and review.


5. A Twenty-Year-Old Man and Woman 1986

So there, we pinch ourselves. By taking advantage of her greatest success and resuming the cult of the couple, exactly twenty years after the cult was launched a man and a womanLelouch hopes to play the role of nostalgia and the cash drawer. Except that the sauce no longer takes, the shots are devoid of any emotion but full of people – PPDA, Gérard Oury and Michèle Morgan – and the plot turns out to be disastrous, fluffy and uninteresting. Aside from the poignant scene of the reunion of old lovers, who became rally directors and film producers, filmed in improvisation, everything smells of mothballs.

Lelouch views his navel and his fame in a totally sterile and unnecessary way. In the casting process, the Lelouch family reunited, Marie-Sophie L., her partner Evelyn Boyks, her ex-partner Salome and Sarah, her daughters and, of course, the stoic “Chabad Abaddad” series. Forget. Fortunately, in 2019, Lelouch will be signing a new sequel, more touching and more inspiring, The best years of lifeUnder the wrinkles, where the magic of love shines again.

4. Les Miserables, 1995

Undoubtedly, the worst adaptation of the giant work of Victor Hugo, updated with Lelouch Touch, is acting, melodrama and good vibes. Except that there, because of playing with the eras – from the Great War to the Second and the German occupation of France – and the characters, Loach loses us and, above all, annoys us. Because it is not enough to combine Jean-Paul Belmondo, Annie Girardot, Philippe Lyotard, Clementine Cellary, Jean Marais, Philip Khorssan and Rufus to produce a good film, and above all with a portable camera.

Lelouch succumbed to his passion for historical frescoes, interweaving the film to present a lame gloubi-boulga on the wretched people who communicate from generation to generation. ace. We prefer going back to the romantic and glamorous performance of Robert Hussain in 1982 with Lino Ventura, Michel Bouquet and Jean Carmet.

3. One + One, 2015

A love story on Indian soil where Claude Lelouch spends his time crafting products, like the Mercedes driven by Christophe Lambert, who plays the French ambassador, or this close-up shot of Chopard, adorning the wrist by Jean Dujardin, who embodies a composer He falls in love with Anna, the diplomat’s wife portrayed by Elsa Zilberstein.

By plane, by train, by boat, by car, these two people in India intersect in a stickyboard, partake in ritual rituals, embrace by the Holy Mother and rant about being in business class in a country where 90% of working people earn less than 125 euros a month. ” Don’t you think we do too much? “Jean Dujardin tells Elsa Zilberstein. How do I say…yes. Painful fears for a painful film.”

2. Men and women Instructions for use 2008

The eternal themes that Lelouch exploited, but this time with Bernard Tapie and Ophele Winter as guest stars. We feared the worst with this marketing, we were right. A businessman – Tabi, of course – meets Fabrice Luchini, a sick patient, in the doctor’s waiting room. Against all odds, these two became friends. He continued to stand for more than two hours on the things of life as void as they are hollow. The scene in which they philosophize on Pascal is a monument to the genre.

Uninspiring, Lelouch, as usual, combines characters with whom you should never have met, but there, like a spectator, even the supporting roles are boring. Charles Gerrard yawns, Tiki Holgado chomps and Daniel Gillen falls. Clumsy theatrical performance, lyrical dialogue falling down, boring script. We zap.

1. The Beautiful Story, 1991

Two Thousand Years of Hardship for a Second of Eternity announced the movie poster. The witness has 210 minutes of suffering. Two hundred and ten minutes where we have to endure clichés about disturbing existential questions, life, death, love, and return to eternal life… Wait: these days, Jesus is released from prison, interpreted by Gerard Lanvin, and falls in love with Mary, played by Mary Sophie L. Udana, a teacher in need of civic education, while Simon, his camp policeman, Vincent Lyndon, pursues Udana, Beatrice Dale, who is convinced he has already met her in another life. And for good reason, all these characters met during Rome’s occupation of Judea, two thousand years ago. Clouds, cacophony, anarchy, this lousy esotericism punctuated by the harps of gypsy kings is preserved only by the radiant grace of Beatrice Dahl.

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