UNE SI JOLIE PETITE PLAGE [RIPTIDE]
$7 Member $12.50 Regular
(1949, Yves Allégret) Sure it’s a pretty little beach, but what’s melancholy Gérard Philipe doing there in the dead of a rainy winter? Befriended by the warmly sympathetic all-purpose hotel servant Madeleine Robinson, he himself befriends teenaged fellow orphan Christian Ferry, but slimy Jean Servais (Rififi) arrives in search of missing jewels and all too knowing of Philipe’s past. Approx. 91 min. 35mm.
"The film noir became a popular genre in the late '40s, and its most notable exponent was Yves Allegret… Une Si Jolie Petite Plage (described by one critic as 'an indelible image of hell on earth') has a magnificently despairing performance by Gerard Philipe."
–Richard Roud, Rediscovering French Film
“Allégret’s best film noir with an excellent script.” – Georges Sadoul