26 November 2019 | dbdumonteil
Folle farandole .
First version of what will be fully achieved by Max Ophuls ("La Ronde" ,1950),then butchered by Roger Vadim (same title ,1964).
Henri Jeanson would have written the dialogs ,under a pseud,being blacklisted and even jailed for his pacifism ;but,apart perhaps for some line now and then ,(notably Dubost's ) ,his touch is hardly felt in this jumble: the screenplay is desultory , extremely patchy : sitting on a fence, the director does not seem to be able to choose :comedy or drama: probably the former, but the funny moments are few and far between .
This is a stodgy brew in which you find a suicidal man, a crook, a hooker (Paulette Dubost might be the only one to play her game well), an actress (special effects for Gaby Morlay 's short stint ), a trial (Jany Holt ,ill at ease , does not seem to know whether she 's in a drama or in a farce ),reporters vying for their headlines ,a poodle named "Bonsoir" (Good Evening) and 20,000 Francs which pass from hand to hand .
André Zwobada 's firts effort was a sci-fi movie,an anomaly on the French scene during the Occupation and a curio ; his "La Septième Porte" is a strange fable which deserves to be watched .As for "Farandole ",it's eminently forgettable .