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Simon, Michel 1895-1975

Works: 360 works in 1,270 publications in 8 languages and 8,039 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Silent films  Biographical films  Historical films  Film adaptations  Short films  History  Comedy films  War films  Documentary films 
Roles: Actor, Performer, Narrator, Author, Singer, Interviewee, Producer, Costume designer, Other, Creator, Recipient, Dedicatee, Translator
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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La passion de Jeanne d'Arc = Passion of Joan of Arc by Carl Theodor Dreyer( Visual )

18 editions published between 1927 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,099 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A story of the trial and execution of the famous martyr, Jean of Arc
Boudu sauvé des eaux by Jean Renoir( Visual )

87 editions published between 1932 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 917 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Boudu, a shambling tramp, is taken into the middle-class household of a Parisian book seller after being rescued from the Seine. The collision between nature and convention is represented as a series of humorous incongruities as Boudu shows scant regard for bourgeois decorum. The humour is gently satirical and subversive rather than cutting, but is far from the original play's affirmation of middle-class culture. The theme of moral freedom is realised through a formal freedom. Renoir's use of longtakes, camera camera movement, despite a loosley framed composition with the continuous suuggestion of a world beyond the frame, was the antithesis of the then developing Hollywood style of tight composition and reverse angle cutting
L'Atalante by Jean Vigo( Visual )

81 editions published between 1934 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 792 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of the lives of people who dwell in barges that move up and down the Seine in France. A young captain takes his bride to live on theboat he navigates through the canals. Bored with the monotony of river-bound life, the young woman escapes to Paris to find adventure, but is soon disullusioned and returns to her husband. Filmed under severe conditions, this was to be the last film of director Jean Vigo, who died from tuberculosis soon after its completion.(Circulates)
Le quai des brumes = Port of shadows by Marcel Carné( Visual )

81 editions published between 1938 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Un desertor del ejército francés llega a Le Havre, una ciudad permanentemente envuelta en la niebla, para huir en barco. Allí conocerá a Nelly, una joven de 17 años tiranizada por su tutor y acosada por individuos poco recomendables. Cuando la rescata de esta miserable vida, las cosas se torcerán para él
The complete Jean Vigo by Jean Vigo( Visual )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in French and English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The four films are respectively a satirical documentary about the town of Nice, an experimental documentary about a famous swimmer, an anarchic tale of student rebellion and a romantic comedy about a young couple living aboard a ship
Le vieil homme et l'enfant = The two of us = The old man and the boy by Claude Berri( Visual )

20 editions published between 1966 and 2013 in French and Undetermined and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Director Claude Berri's introduction on the title screens reads "This film is a true story but seen through the imagination a child particularly sensitive to the tragic events which surrounded him in occupied France. The warm affection of this family of good people who took him in nevertheless leaves him with a certain poetic nostalgia for this time and a deep gratitude toward them." This film is his re-telling and re-creation of the life of a small Jewish boy from in Nazi-occupied Paris, sent by his parents to the countryside to live with an elderly Catholic couple until France's liberation. Forced to hide his identity, eight-year-old Claude bonds with the irascible, staunchly anti-Semitic Grampa, who improbably becomes his friend and confidant
John Frankenheimer's The train( Visual )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In August 1944 the Allied army is closing in on Paris. German commander and art fanatic Colonel Von Waldheim steals a vast collection of rare French paintings and loads them onto a train bound for Berlin. When a beloved French patriot is murdered while trying to sabotage Von Waldheim's scheme, Labiche, a stalwart member of the Resistance, vows to stop the train at any cost
Partie de campagne = A day in the country by Jean Renoir( Visual )

38 editions published between 1931 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renoir's first sound film is a tragicomic account of a romantic triangle that leads to murder. Michel Simon stars as Maurice Legrand, a mild-mannered cashier, hen-pecked husband and amateur painter. After rescuing a prostitute from a beating by her pimp, Legrand sets her up as his mistress. To satisfy Dédé, her pimp, Lulu demands more and more money from Legrand and even sells his paintings as her own, posing as an American artist, Clara Wood. Obsessed by Lulu, Maurice will do anything to win her love. Dissolving his marriage, Legrand arrives at Lulu's apartment only to find her in the arms of Dédé. This story was re-made by Fritz Lang in 1945 as Scarlett Street
John Frankenheimer's The train by Chris L Demarest( Visual )

19 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

WWII thriller about a French railway inspector whose low-key resistance efforts become vitally urgent when the Nazis try to steal a trainload of France's most treasured paintings, and it's up to him to stop the train
Drôle de drame by Marcel Carné( Visual )

37 editions published between 1937 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michel Simon stars as a writer of crime novels who gets his ideas from his daughter. His uneventful, bourgeois existence is disrupted when his cousin, a vicar, arrives unannounced. The novelist's wife is thrown into a panic because her servants have quit and she must assume the cooking duties. She refuses to entertain the visitor and hides in the kitchen. Simon explains that his wife is visiting friends but the vicar disbelieves the story and spreads the word that the writer has murdered his spouse. Scotland Yard arrives to investigate. (Does not circulate)
Judex : a serial in twelve episodes by Georges Franju( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in French and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A mysterious kidnapping of a corrupt banker by a shadowy crime fighter (American magician Channing Pollock) spins out into a thrillingly complex web of deceptions. Combining stylish sixties modernisms with silent-cinema touches and even a few unexpected sci-fi accents
The late Mathias Pascal( Visual )

4 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Flicker Alley is proud to present this edition of The late Mathias Pascal. It is remarkably cast with some of the great actors of that era: Ivan Mosjoukine, (as Mathias Pascal), Michel Simon, Lois Moran, Pierre Batcheff and Marcelle Pradot. The film also boasts famous stylized sets designed by Alberto Cavalcanti and Lazare Meerson, seen here to best advantage in a stunning tinted and toned print restored by the Cinèmatheque Française, and accompanied by a beautiful large-orchestra score composed and conducted by Timothy Brock. Mathias, an eccentric dreamer, is trapped in the undertakings of daily life as he suffers his days in a loveless marriage, a dead end job and tyrannized by his ungrateful mother-in-law. Grief-stricken by the death of his mother and infant daughter, Mathias flees to Monte Carlo, where a run of luck at roulette wins him a fortune. After his death is falsely reported, Mathias leaps at the chance of a second and adventurous life in Rome. Both tragedy and comedy, The late Mathias Pascal explores the struggles and possibilities of a man in search of happiness in L'Herbier's most celebrated film. Critic David Melville wrote The white Russian exile Ivan Mosjoukine was arguably the greatest male star of the silent screen. Imagine an actor who combined the matinée idol looks of John Barrymore with the smoldering sexual magnetism of Valentino, the deft physical comedy of Chaplin with the dark Gothic creepiness of Lon Chaney. It sounds impossible, of course - unless you've seen Mosjoukine in action. This is a co-production of L'Herbier's Cinegraphic company, and Alexandre Kamenka's Films Albatros, the Parisian home of the émigré Russian screen colony and maker of many of the most prestigious films of the decade. L'Herbier at this time was among cinema's leading avant-garde directors, the equal of Fritz Lang, Abel Gance and Erich von Stroheim, and The Late Mathias Pascal is considered one of his best films, full of picturesque tricks, spiritual angles, and dream sequences as it passes from rural chamber-film to burlesque fantasy, with an incursion into expressionist comedy of manners. The Late Mathias Pascal is a film of great distinction and virtuoso style, adapted and directed by Marcel l'Herbier from a novel by Luigi Pirandello. The biggest French fantasy film of the 1920s, this co-production of Cinegraphic and Films Albatros, is considered one of L'Herbier's best films, full of picturesque tricks, spiritual angles, and dream sequences as it passes from rural chamber-film to burlesque fantasy, with an incursion into expressionist comedy of manners
Beauty of the devil( Visual )

3 editions published in 2013 in French and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An imaginative retelling of the Faust legend. Approaching the end of his life, a prominent professor makes a bargain with the Devil that will gain him youth, fame and riches in exchange for his soul
Persuade me( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eleven films designed to influence, including a vintage promotional film of a French-dubbed Laurel & Hardy, theatrical advertisements featuring Michel Simon and Jacques Tati, a 1938 George Pal puppet animation, three WW-II era musical shorts, two political campaign films, and the National Film registry selection Master Hands, a paean to the 1936 Chevrolet automobile
La Beauté du diable by René Clair( Visual )

30 editions published between 1946 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clair's rendition of the Faust legend. Mephistopheles approaches Faust with an offer for his soul, and is willing to give him a foretaste of what will come once the deal is complete: eternal youth, a beautiful gypsy girl and the power to make gold. But in the end Mephistopheles is the loser as love proves to be everlasting
Ruy by Michel Simon( Book )

18 editions published in 1949 in 4 languages and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Panique by Julien Duvivier( Visual )

30 editions published between 1946 and 2015 in French and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two lovers frame a stranger for murder in this study of mob violence in the slums of Paris in the aftermath of World War II
French Masterworks: Russian emigres In Paris (1923-1928)( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in French and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of five French silent films restored by the Cinemathèque française, originally released by Films Albatros between 1923 and 1928, with new music scores by Timothy Brock, Robert Israel, Neil Brand, Antonio Coppola and the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
Blanche by Walerian Borowczyk( Visual )

12 editions published between 1971 and 2017 in French and Spanish and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An elderly noble baron and his much younger bride welcome a visiting King and his handsome page, Bartolomeo to their castle, which sets in motion accusations of disloyalty and marital infidelity, turning what should be a fairytale into a nightmare
Guide d'Ouro Preto by Manuel Bandeira( Book )

11 editions published in 1948 in French and Portuguese and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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La passion de Jeanne d'Arc = Passion of Joan of Arc
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Simon, François 1895-1975

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Simon, Michel

Simon, Michel, 1895-1925

Мішель Симон

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ميشيل سيمون

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