Gueule d’Amour (Lady Killer)

Gueule d’Amour (Lady Killer)

France / 1937 / 94 minutes / New 4K Restoration

The first collaboration between filmmaker Jean Grémillon and legendary actor Jean Gabin, this adaptation of a novel by André Boucler features the young Gabin as a Casanova of the French Foreign Legion– the “lady killer” Lucien Bourrache – who meets his match in the mysterious seductress Madeleine (Mireille Balin).

  • Director

    Jean Grémillon

  • Cast

    Jean Gabin
    Mireille Balin
    Rene Lefevre

  • “Every frame of this exquisite masterpiece is beautifully shot, brimming with movement and life. Jean Gabin is unforgettable in his starring role. The screenplay by Charles Spaak has wonderful dialogues. And Jean Gremillon demonstrates his unsurpassed technical skill and humanity as one of France's greatest directors.”

    Phillip Lopate
  • "Not every rarity is a revelation, but LADY KILLER strikes me as the real deal. . . The chance to savor such grace doesn’t descend too often. Grab it now. "

    The New Yorker
  • "[Gremillon's] films are among the most innovative and expressive from a period stretching roughly from the early 1930s through the ’50s — and in many ways they look ahead to the rule breaking of the French New Wave. "

    The New York Times
  • “To come across the films of classic French filmmaker Jean Grémillon is like discovering another country, at once familiar and unaccountably new.”

    Los Angeles Times
  • “Gremillon belongs in the hierarchy of classic French cinema alongside René Clair, Jean Renoir, and Marcel Carné... A dark study of masochistic obsession, mixing glamour and anguish, in which Jean Gabin gives the most affecting performance of his long career.”

    Village Voice
  • “Four Stars. Exquisite and disturbing, GUEULE D'AMOUR is one of the screen’s least seen masterpieces. Gabin, with his soft voice and sensual hesitations, never had a more suitable role, and Balin brings a palpable erotic charge to her femme fatale part.”

    Slant
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