At the start of World War II, the fate of the free world hangs in the balance at the posh Hotel Splendide in Bordeaux. Cabinet members, journalists, physicists, and spies of all persuasions gather in order to escape the Nazi occupation of Paris. High society socialites hobnob with jailbirds. Murderous intrigues, scientific secrets and love affairs flourish. –IMDb
Jean-Paul Rappeneau (born 8 April 1932 at Auxerre, Yonne) is a French film director, screenwriter, and actor.
He started out in film as an assistant and screenwriter collaborating with Louis Malle on Zazie dans le metro in 1960 and Vie privee in 1961. In 1964, he was co-screenwriter for L’ Homme de Rio, which starred Jean-Paul Belmondo.
The first film that he both wrote and directed was La Vie de chateau in 1966. Although it was a great critical and popular success, he did not make another film until 1971, when he directed Les Mariés de l’an II, again starring Belmondo and Marlène Jobert.
Since 1975, Rappeneau has written only for his own films, including Le Sauvage, starring Yves Montand and Tout feu tout flamme (1981), again with Montand, who co-starred with Isabelle Adjani.
In 1990, Rappeneau directed a deluxe Technicolor film version of Cyrano de Bergerac, his adaptation of the classic French play by Edmond Rostand, starring Gérard Depardieu in what may… read more
Medianamente interesante, esta cinta de Rappeneau se destaca, más que por otra cosa, por la cantidad de nombres incluidos en el reparto. Por lo demás, resulta un tanto desconcertante la intención del director por darle un toque de tipica comedia de enredos de los 50´s al film (uno no sabe si tomarlo como una puntada ó como una mamada) además de ser otra buena muestra de que la Adjani es tan bella como pesima actriz.