This six-part compilation film, which opened in Paris in October 1965, is notable for the talent that worked on some of the segments; many of these directors, actors and cinematographers would go on to become central figures of the French New Wave.
In "Saint-Germain-des-Pres," Chappey brings American student Wilkin to his flat for the night. He gets rid of her the next day, announcing that he's flying to Mexico to join his father. Wilkin is later disillusioned when Chappey turns up as a model in her art class. She then allows Andreani to
pick her up, only to discover that this boy had loaned his apartment to Chappey for the original affair. The photographer was Almendros, who became a celebrated cinematographer during the 1970s.
In "Gare du Nord," Ballot runs out on her husband (Schroeder) after a fight. She's almost run down by Queant, a handsome stranger in a fancy car. He says he's going to kill himself but will change his mind if Ballot goes away with him. She refuses, and he takes a plunge off a railway bridge.
"Rue Saint-Denis" depicts shy, young Melki bringing prostitute Dax back to his place for a night of fun. His incessant conversation leads to Dax's staying for dinner before they can get to bed.
"Place de l'Etoile," directed by Rohmer, has salesman Rouziere bumping into Gallon, a street person, on his way to work. He hits the poor man with his umbrella during the confrontation, and Gallon falls down. Rouziere is convinced he's killed the derelict and looks for news of his death in the
papers. A few weeks later, he sees Gallon engaged in a similar argument with another person at the same place.
"Montparnasse-Levallois" was directed by the bad boy of the Nouvelle Vague, Godard, and photographed by noted American documentary filmmaker Maysles. This story has Joanna Shimkus serving as a lover for two men. She sends each a note telling the site of their respective rendezvous but panics when
she thinks she mistakenly switched the notes. She goes to each lover to explain away her mistake and is surprised when each man throws her out, then realizes the mistake was all in her mind.
The last segment, "La Muette," was written and directed by Chabrol. He also plays a man who constantly fights with his wife (Stephane Audran) about money and who flirts with the housemaid. His son, tired of the noise, buys some earplugs for himself. The earplugs end up doing more harm than good
when his mother falls down the stairs, and the boy doesn't hear her cry out for help.
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