Julien Dandieu, leader of the socialist political party PRU is asked to be part of the new conservative government as minister of foreign affairs. However his reputation is somewhat tarnished by his adulterous relationship with Creezy, a fashion model seen on every magazine cover. Ready to sacrifice his family for his career, he is eventually faced with the ultimate choice: his career ambitions or a lifetime with his beautiful girlfriend, who has recently mysteriously disappeared. —IMDb
It is no surprise to learn that the Parisian Granier-Deferre, after studying at l’Idhec (L’Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques), started his career as assistant on a number of solid mainstream films, several directed by the workmanlike Denys de La Patellière and Jean-Paul Le Chanois, some featuring the great Jean Gabin, still trailing his past glory. He was also assistant on L’Air de Paris (1954), starring Gabin and Arletty, directed by Marcel Carné, one of the leading representatives of le cinéma de qualité, which the new wave reacted against but which, particularly Truffaut and Claude Chabrol, eventually came to admire.
When Granier-Deferre began to direct films himself in 1962, he continued in the same tradition, featuring many of the monstres sacrés of the French cinema – Gabin, Simone Signoret, Alain Delon, Lino Ventura, Romy Schneider, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret and Jean Rochefort – and working on the scripts with a number of contemporary novelists whose… read more