In Paris, after six months working with children, the decorated rookie policeman Nestor Patou is assigned to work in the red light district on the Casanova Street, a place crowded of streetwalkers, pimps and corrupt police officers. The honest Nestor, who is naive and strictly by the book, notes the movement of couples in the Casanova Hotel and befriends the prostitute Irma La Douce (believing that she is a lady. When he discovers that she is also a streetwalker, he calls the central station for a raid in the hotel. However, among the arrested costumers is the corrupt Chief of Police Lefevre that has a scheme with the pimps union. Nestor is fired with a dirty record and has difficulties to find a new job; he goes to the bistro of the versatile and experienced Moustache to drink, and he starts a conversation with Irma La Douce. However, her bully pimp Hippolyte fights against Nestor, but he beats him up. Irma brings Nestor home and he becomes Irma’s pimp. However he falls in love for her and he is jealous when she meets a client. He decides to create the wealthy British Lord X to be the only regular client of Irma. But things go wrong when Nestor is jealous of Lord X and decides to end his character. –IMDb
Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city’s largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929, and wrote scripts for many German films until Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933. Wilder immediately realized his Jewish ancestry would cause problems, so he emigrated to Paris, then the US. Although he spoke no English when he arrived in Hollywood, Wilder was a fast learner, and thanks to contacts such as Peter Lorre (with whom he shared an apartment), he was able to break into American films. His partnership with Charles Brackett started in 1938 and the team was responsible for writing some of Hollywood’s classic comedies, including Ninotchka (1939) and Ball of Fire (1941). The partnership expanded into a producer-director one in 1942, with Brackett producing, and the two turned out such classics… read more
The director and stars of The Apartment were reunited three years later for a delicious adaptation of a French musical. Lemmon is on top form as an honest Parisian policeman who falls in love with MacLaine's sweet, good-natured prostitute. Shirley matches Jack with an energetic performance and Wilder's direction is assured. Whilst not in the same league as their earlier masterpiece, this bawdy romp is non-stop fun...
I want her blue-green stockings!! They're so cute, it's the color tone I'm looking for :) The film was entertaining, Jack Lemmon's acting is brillant as asual. And I loved the bartender who used to be a professor of economics, who used to be a lawyer, who used to be an obstetrician LOL
The unusual art of a great Czech poster designer of the late 60s.