La chamade


1h 45m 1969

Brief Synopsis

A young woman lives with her older male "benefactor", with whom she occasionally has trysts. Then, she meets a younger man and doesn't where her heart lies.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 27 Jul 1969
Production Company
Ariane; Les Productions Artistes Associés; P. E. A.
Distribution Company
Lopert Pictures
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel La chamade by Françoise Sagan (Paris, 1965).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Synopsis

Lucile is the beautiful mistress of Charles, a wealthy, middle-aged Parisian businessman. Accustomed to luxury, Lucile devotes her time exclusively to concerts, parties, and fashion. By chance, she meets Antoine, a handsome but indigent publisher's reader who has been introduced into the social set by his mistress, Diane. After a tenuous beginning, the relationship between Lucile and Antoine develops into love. Although Antoine ends his affair with Diane, Lucile is unable to break with Charles and accompanies him to Saint-Tropez. Upon learning that Lucile has started drinking excessively, Antoine goes to her, persuades her to leave Charles, and takes her back to his apartment in Paris. For a time, Lucile is happy, allowing Antoine to arrange a job for her as a magazine file clerk, but after only one month, she quits without informing Antoine. Eventually he discovers the ruse and is furious but decides to let Lucile have her own way. When she becomes pregnant, Lucile hurts Antoine by first refusing to bear the child and then by allowing Charles to pay for an abortion at an expensive Swiss clinic. Some time later, Lucile accepts Charles's invitation to accompany him to a concert. After spending the night with him, she returns to Antoine and finds him asleep, with a list of instructions for the day tacked to the wall. Unable to resist the lure of her former life, Lucile calls Antoine from a nearby pay phone, tells him that their affair is over, and returns to Charles.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 27 Jul 1969
Production Company
Ariane; Les Productions Artistes Associés; P. E. A.
Distribution Company
Lopert Pictures
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel La chamade by Françoise Sagan (Paris, 1965).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed in Paris and Saint-Tropez. Opened in Paris in October 1968; running time: 105 min; released in Italy in 1969.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer July 1969

Released in United States Summer July 1969