Based on the novel by one of France’s most famous 19th century writers, Gaston Leroux (Phantom of the Opera). The Perfume of the Lady in Black follows the French box office smash Mystery of the Yellow Room, and is a delightful mixture of mystery, burlesque, and comedy set in a mad, mad world. Newly married, Mathilde and Robert are honeymooning at a resort owned by their friends Edith and Arthur, the Chateau d’Hercule. But an unpleasant shock is in store for them. The wicked Larsan Ballmeyer has returned and once more he is terrorizing the beautiful Mathilde. Rouletabille and his side-kick Sainclair lead the brave investigation into Larsan and his evil schemes.
Along with the Larrieu Brothers, the Martineau-Ducastel couple, or even Danièle Dubroux, Bruno Podalydès is, without any doubt, one of those who bring something new to French comedy nowadays and make it a clever, refined and somewhat subversive entertainment.
Born in 1961, Bruno Podalydès studied cinema in Saint-Denis University, before directing a series of corporate films for Air France featuring his brother Denis Podalydès,“the Antoine Doinel of corporate film”, he said. Their respective careers are now inseparable, since Denis plays the main part in all Bruno’s films. When he is asked how he sees his relationship with his brother who plays in all his films, he replies “like a director full of admiration for a great actor” of whom he praises the huge talent and the theatrical career in the Comédie Française.
Versailles rive gauche, his first film in 1992 was the first part of a “trilogy of train stations” (“trilogie des gares”). Acclaimed by critics, the film received… read more