This hilarious dialogue was written by Jacques-Laurent Bost, Pierre’s brother, confounder of Les Temps moderns, and Simone de Beauvois’ brother, who became his regular collaborator. Berry had a way of using sets and filming that was American, aided by the fine photography of Jacques Lemare, another underestimated cameraman. Many supporting role actors, often seen in French films, were transfigured here, cast against type. It lent them splendid color and presence.
May 16, 2016