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Monday, April 14, 2008

English Films, French Critics Part IV 1959

So here is the fourth installment in the series continuing from English Films, French Critics 1958

January 1959
Carve Her Name with Pride, The Flesh is Weak, The Horse's Mouth, Task Force, The Tommy Steele Story, and The Vicious Circle were all recorded in the "Films released in Paris" section of Cahiers du Cinema as English films released in Paris.
Only The Horse's Mouth rated consideration by the conseil des dix. There, it was awarded 1 star each by five critics - two Cahiers "young turks", Jacques Rivette and Charles Bitsch and three non-Cahiers critics, Henri Agel, Jean de Baroncelli, and Georges Sadoul. Two panelists bulleted the film - older Cahiers critic, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and young Cahiers critic, Jean Domarchi. Eric Rohmer, plus Pierre Braunberger and Claude Mauriac all abstained

February 1959
A Passionate Stranger was the only English listed as released in Paris. It did not come up for consideration by the conseil.

March 1959
Horror of Dracula, Passport to Shame,the Anglo-American co-production Me and the Colonel and the Franco-Italian co-production The Widow which was directed by American director Lewis Milestone were listed as English films released in Paris.
Me and the Colonel was considered by the conseil. Seven panelists gave the film 1 star, Jacques Rivette and Luc Moullet from Cahiers plus Henri Agel, Jean de Baroncelli, Pierre Braunberger, Claude Mauriac and Georges Sadoul. Three Cahiers regulars abstained - Jean-Luc Godard, Eric Rohmer and Jacques Doniol-Valcroze.
The Widow received 2 stars from Georges Sadoul and 1 star each from Jean de Baroncelli, Pierre Braunberger and Claude Mauriac. Luc Moullet and Jacques Rivette bulleted the film. Jean-Luc Godard, Eric Rohmer, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze plus Henri Agel all abstained.

April 1959
Only The Camp on Blood Island was listed and it was not rated by the conseil.

May 1959
This issue saw The Bandit of Zhobe, Blue Murder at St Trinian's and Dangerous Exile listed as being released in Paris. None were considered.

June 1959
Battle of the V-1, Sea of Sand and Three Steps to the Gallows were listed but none was rated by the conseil.

July 1959
Count Five and Die, Harry Black, Ice-Cold in Alex, A Night to Remember, Son of Robin Hood and Room at the Top were listed as "released in Paris."
Only Room at the Top was considered by the conseil. Jean de Baroncelli gave it 2 stars. Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, plus Pierre Braunberger and Georges Sadoul gave it 1 star. The film was bulleted by Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques Rivette and also Henri Agel and Claude Mauriac. It was passed on by Jean Douchet and Eric Rohmer.

August 1959
Law and Disorder
, Windom's Way and A Hill in Korea were all released in Paris. None was considered by the conseil.

September 1959
Operation Amsterdam and Orders to Kill were listed as being released in Paris. The conseil des dix did not consider either.

October 1959
The Gypsy and the Gentlemen, The One that Got Away, Tiger Bay, The Wind Cannot Read were listed as English films released in Paris while the Anglo-American-Irish co-production Shake Hands with the Devil was listed under American films released in Paris
Only Tiger Bay rated consideration from the conseil. One panelist - producer Pierre Braunberger - gave it 3 stars. Those were the only stars it received. Three "young turks" Claude Chabrol, Jacques Rivette and Luc Moullet plus older Cahiers hand Pierre Kast all bulleted the film. Five panelists abstained - 3 younger Cahiers regulars, Charles Bitsch, Jean Domarchi and Jean Douchet plus Henri Agel and Georges Sadoul.

November 1959
Floods of Fear, Yesterday's Enemy and Ralph Thomas's remake of The 39 Steps were released in Paris.
Only the remake of The 39 Steps was considered by the conseil. There, one critic, Georges Sadoul gave the film its total of 1 star. Two younger Cahiers critics - Jean-Luc Godard and Jean Douchet - and an older Cahiers critic - Pierre Kast - bulleted the film. The other six panelists abstained - younger Cahiers critics - Jacques Rivette, Eric Rohmer and Luc Moullet - and non-Cahiers panelists - Henri Agel, Pierre Braunberger and Claude Mauriac.

December 1959
One film was listed as released in Paris - First Man in Space. It was not considered by the conseil.

The series concludes with English Films, French Critics 1960.

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