Tous les Chemins Menent a Rome (1949)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Farce, Slapstick  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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The astoundingly prolific French filmmaker Jean Boyer turned out only one film in 1948. Tous les Chemins Menent a Rome stars Gerard Phillipe as Gabriel, a bookish professor who is convinced he is coming to the rescue of a damsel in distress. Actually, Gabriel has misunderstood the situation: the damsel is actually a Hollywood movie star named Laura (Micheline Presle), rehearsing a scene from her latest picture. Still, Laura is amused by Gabriel's earnestness, and decides to string him along. Thanks to Laura's encouragement, Gabriel actually does become a hero, but not in the way that he expects. The film has a breezy, circus-like atmosphere, much like the later Jerry Lewis films so beloved by French cineasts.

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actor, damsel-in-distress, life-changes, professor, rescue