Films Directed By Bertrand Blier (Study Guide)
Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Buffet Froid, Too Beautiful for You, Going Places, Merci La Vie, 1, 2, 3, Sun, Beau-Père, Calmos, Tenue de Soirée, Get Out Your Handkerchiefs, Les Côtelettes, My Man. Excerpt: Buffet froid is a 1979 French black comedy film, written and directed by Bertrand Blier, and starring Gérard Depardieu, Carole Bouquet, Bernard Blier and Jean Carmet. It won a César Award for Best Writing, and was nominated for Best Cinematography, Editing and Production Design. The film is a crime thriller but displays a high degree of black humour as contemporary urban life is depicted as alienating and having a dehumanizing effect on city dwellers. The film begins with Alphonse Tram (Gérard Depardieu), a less than gregarious character, idly chatting to an accountant who is travelling home very late ( they appear to be the only ones on the La Defense metro station platform, but look closely...). The accountant, a man of orthodox social outlook and standing is disturbed by and fearful of this rambling loner, more so when Tram attempts to give him his bloodstained knife ( in order to reduce the chances of him " doing something silly...". They argue and the accountant puts the knife on a seat a few feet away behind them. They argue some more and then notice the knife has disappeared. Later that night Tram discovers the same man in a subway leading from another metro station lying down with the knife stabbed into his stomach : he has no explanation to the police inspector Bernard (Blier) he reports it to as to how it happened. He speculates, perhaps unwisely but without caring for the potential consequences ( as in Camus L'Etranger ) , to the police inspector that it was his own knife that killed the accountant : the police inspector, irate at having
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