Le Cafe Du Cadran (1946)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 101 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Le Café du Cadran was released in the U.S. as Clockface Café. The title refers to a real-life nitery on Paris' Avenue de l'Opera, which is herein somewhat shabbily re-created on a movie soundstage. Bernard Blier plays the proprietor of Le Café du Cadran, while Blanchette Brunoy portrays his plain, provincial wife. Attempting to make his bride more "Parisian," Blier bankrolls a complete cosmetic and wardrobe makeover. Thus, he has only himself to blame when Brunoy inaugurates an affair with one of the Café's musicians (Aime Clairimond). Though he tries to maintain a "c'est la vie" pose, Blier's jealousy eventually gets the better of him, with tragic results.