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Box of Dreams (1945)

La boîte aux rêves (original title)
Nicole tries to seduce a young man who lead a bohemian life in an untidy flat with his three pals.

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Yves Allégret (adaptation), Yves Allégret (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Viviane Romance ... Nicole Payen-Laurel
Henri Guisol ... Pierre Forestier
Frank Villard ... Jean (as Franck Villard)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gisèle Alcée Gisèle Alcée ... Gisèle - la nouvelle bonne des quatre bohèmes
Roland Armontel ... Amédée (as Armontel)
Henri Bry Henri Bry ... Pépito
Mathilde Casadesus Mathilde Casadesus ... L'Agitée
Léonce Corne Léonce Corne ... Le parent
René Lefèvre ... Marc
Félix Oudart Félix Oudart
Palau ... Payen-Laurel
Pierre-Louis Pierre-Louis ... Alain
Marguerite Pierry Marguerite Pierry ... Tante Lucie
Robert Pizani Robert Pizani ... Oncle André
Raymonde Raymonde
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Paris,Saint Germain Des Prés.Four young men, a composer, a journalist ,a painter and an actor, always short of the readies, lead a bohemian life .Nicole ,a gorgeous girl ,is in love with one of them,Jean, and she decides to seduce him.The four bachelors find her in their bathtub (in a peignoir!) and she pretends she is amnesiac , so as to stay with them in the tidy flat they share.She helps them keep their place clean and with their work problems.Three of them begin to think she's fallen for them,but they are not the chosen one. Written by dbdumonteil

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France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 July 1945 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tentadora See more »

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DisCina, Scalera Film See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Empty box of dreams
4 December 2017 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

For the cine buffs ,the consolation prize ,after sitting through this ponderous unfunny comedy is to see (fleetingly ) Simone Signoret (brunette)who would become director Yves Allégret's wife ,and for the very first time, Gérard Philipe in the part of an actor who has just did a screen test to be featured in a Marcel Pagnol's film as ...Raimu's brother (the only funny line in the whole film).

Paris,Saint Germain Des Prés;The movie begins with a long scene taking place in the Café De Flore ,the intellectuals' meeting place ( A Jean-Paul Sartre lookalike is featured);Among the clientele four young men, a composer, a journalist ,a painter and an actor, always short of the readies,who lead a bohemian life .Nicole ,a gorgeous girl ,is in love with one of them,Jean, and she decides to seduce him.The four bachelors find her in their bathtub (in a peignoir!) and she pretends she is amnesiac , so as to stay with them in the tidy flat they share.She helps them keep their place clean and with their work problems.Three of them begin to think she's fallen for them,but they are not the chosen one.

Although the actors (René Lefèvre,Frank Villard...) are usually good, they are here left to their own devices and they ham it up along the whole movie.Viviane Romance is cast against type and is not convincing as a nice girl .

Allégret was ill at ease in his occupation days comedies ;after the war ,he became a successful Film Noir director,masterfully using Gérard Philipe ("Les Orgueilleux" and "Une Si Jolie Petite Plage" ) as well as his then-wife Signoret and Frank Villard ("Manèges").


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