Four tales are performed by the Ballets de Roland Petit.THE DIAMOND CRUNCHER: A beautiful pickpocket in the market area of Paris has a passion for eating stolen diamonds, to the despair of her gangster companions. She is finally broken of the habit by a truckdriver, Pierrot, who convinces her that true happiness is to be found not in diamonds, but in cabbages.
CYRANO DE BERGERAC: An unhappy poet with an enormous nose writes love letters for his friend Christian to send to the lovely Roxane. When Christian is killed in battle, Roxane, unaware it is really Cyrano she loves, enters a convent. On the day Cyrano comes to visit Roxane, he is mortally wounded by his enemies; and he dies in her arms after confessing his love.
A MERRY MOURNING: A young wife longs for a beautiful black dress she has seen in a shop window. When her jealous husband is killed in a duel with a rival suitor, the widow wears the dress as her mourning gown and gaily dances with the man who, only hours before, killed her husband on the dueling grounds.
CARMEN: In 1820 Seville, Carmen, a fiery cigarette girl, talks her lover, matador Don José, into joining a group of bandits and killing a man. Carmen abandons Don José for a toreador, and he confronts her outside the bullfight arena and stabs her to death. —TCM
Stewart Terence Herbert Young (20 June 1915 – 7 September 1994) was a British film director best known for directing three films in the James Bond series, Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), and Thunderball (1965).
Born in Shanghai, China, he was public-school educated. Like the fictional James Bond, he read oriental history at St Catharine’s College in the University of Cambridge. As a tank commander during World War II, Young participated in Operation Market Garden in Arnhem, Netherlands.
Young began his film career as a screenwriter in British films of the 1940s, working, for example, on Dangerous Moonlight (1941). In 1946, he was a co-director with Brian Desmond Hurst of Theirs is the Glory, which recaptured the fighting around Arnhem bridge. Arnhem, coincidentally, was home to the adolescent Audrey Hepburn. During the filming of Young’s film, Wait Until Dark, Hepburn and Young would joke that he was shelling his favorite star without even knowing it. Young’s… read more