Demy's lifelong interest in the color scheme of his projects (which would come to glorious fruition seven years later on Les Parapluies De Cherbourg) is on view in this early fictional short of his, a two-header with only one speaker adapted from a play by the acclaimed Jean Cocteau. The bright red walls dominate the apartment setting as a woman harangues her seemingly blasé lover for almost the entire running time..
Beautiful use of language, as I would expect from Cocteau, but the woman's spineless monologue and profuse codependence were intolerable. There's love and then there's...this, surrounded, nevertheless, by a stylistically immaculate setting. The flashing of the neon sign of a bar behind the lacy curtains was a stroke of magic.
Great dialogue and acting. Thoughts of a desperate woman in love shot in a depressing hotel room, as empty as the man's heart. Red and black, the ideal colour combination to convey the angst caused by loneliness suffered by the woman at the hands of an indifferent lover.
This beautiful shoot short reminds me so much the M. Night Shyamalan The Happening. It's not just the look of it but there are theres a definite sci-fi undertone in this piece along with a sweet comedic tone. A nice interesting piece and a pretty short so worth a watch.
As has been pointed out (moderators?), the guy isn't Jean Marais, he's a bit of rough called Angelo Bellini, who apparently makes but this single (silent) contribution to cinema. He is, however, extremely 'bel'. Cocteau wrote this playlet for Edith Piaf. Her peformance is on Youtube. Interesting contrast. The film is gorgeous, but no sympathy is generated for the female protaganist, and the effect is stifiling.
Unfortunately Jean Marais is not in this film. The silent actor is Angelo Bellini, and the actress is Jeanne Allard. I believe she had a career in film and TV up until at least 2007 (according to IMDb) but this could have been Angelo's only performance. I found it very painful to watch and was grateful that it was so short.
Demy's first narrative film is this short adaptation of a one act play by Jean Cocteau. It's quite a wonderful little confection marked with a visual scheme and apt music score which would show up in his sixties' output. Jean Marais is quite wonderful in this showy role with a 20 minute plus monologue. A great foreshadowing of Demy's career to come.