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Violent Summer (1961)

Un soir sur la plage (original title)
One night on the beach, Michel meets a beautiful stranger who gives herself to him. He finds out that she's a daughter of the property guardian in which he lives. The next morning the girl was found dead near the beach.

Director:

Michel Boisrond

Writers:

Michel Boisrond (screenplay), Annette Wademant (screenplay and dialogue)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Martine Carol ... Georgina
Jean Desailly ... Dr. Francis
Michel Galabru ... Le commissaire
Gianni Garko ... Heinrich
Geneviève Grad ... Sylvie
Henri-Jacques Huet Henri-Jacques Huet ... Michel Saint Hamand
Daliah Lavi ... Marie
Annibale Ninchi ... Pépé
François Nocher François Nocher ... Oliver
Rellys ... Le jardinier
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One night on the beach, Michel meets a beautiful stranger who gives herself to him. He finds out that she's a daughter of the property guardian in which he lives. The next morning the girl was found dead near the beach.

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Down by the seaside....
7 March 2014 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Michel Boisrond has made rather mediocre movies in an undistinguished career.

"Un Soir Sur La Plage" is relatively interesting;the cast includes highly talented Jean Dessailly,Martine Carol,a cast against type Michel Galabru as the cop (whereas he was essentially a comic actor then ,in such comedies as "The Gendarmes series " where he would team up with De Funes and Genevieve Grad ,here cast as Carol's daughter).The biggest surprise is sixties starlet Daliah Lavi as a simple-minded nymphomaniac girl who is murdered on the beach.

The story is essentially a whodunit :in Martine Carol's house,there are many people (too many people actually) and they all have a reason to get rid of her ;do not expect a tour De force à la Agatha Christie :the solution is banal.

More interesting than the plot : the subjects which are hinted at : abortion,still illegal in 1961,and even euthanasia (although Cayatte and Richard Pottier had already broached the latter in the fifties ) And the last picture ,with the cop and his culprit in the car ,makes the ending less trite it might have seemed


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Language:

French

Release Date:

14 June 1961 (France) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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