Le signe du lion

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  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1962
  • Running time: 103 min
Le Signe du lion (The Sign of Leo) is a black and white French drama film directed by Éric Rohmer, which was filmed on location in Paris in the summer of 1959 but not released until May 1962. His first full-length work, it is not however one of his Six Moral Tales. read more

Le Signe du lion (The Sign of Leo) is a black and white French drama film directed by Éric Rohmer, which was filmed on location in Paris in the summer of 1959 but not released until May 1962. His first full-length work, it is not however one of his Six Moral Tales. Along with Le Beau Serge by Claude Chabrol, who produced The Sign of Leo, it counts as one of the first films of the French New Wave.The title refers to the Zodiac sign of Leo, under which the protagonist says he was born, and much of the plot revolves around notions of luck and fate. The penniless Pierre believes he has inherited a fortune but, when told it went to a cousin, sinks into indigence and despair. Then he is found by a friend who says the cousin has died and Pierre has really inherited the fortune.The film was not a commercial success and for eight years afterwards Rohmer concentrated on short films and on his work at the influential film magazine Cahiers du cinéma.

Original Release

05/03/1962

US Release

05/05/1970

Cast

Jess Hahn Pierre Wesselrin
Michèle Girardon Dominique Laurent
Paul Crauchet Fred
Stephane Audran La patronne de l'hôtel
Van Doude Jean-François Santeuil
Paul Bisciglia Willy
Gilbert Edard Michel Caron
Christian Alers Philippe
Jill Olivier Cathy
Sophie Perrault Chris
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Eric Rohmer

Writers

Paul Gégauff, Eric Rohmer

Cast

Jess Hahn Pierre Wesselrin
Michèle Girardon Dominique Laurent
Paul Crauchet Fred
Stephane Audran La patronne de l'hôtel
Van Doude Jean-François Santeuil
Paul Bisciglia Willy
Gilbert Edard Michel Caron
Christian Alers Philippe
Jill Olivier Cathy
Sophie Perrault Chris
Jean Le Poulain Le clochard
Jean-Luc Godard Le mélomane
Marie Dubois La jeune femme au café
Jean-Pierre Melville Un consommateur
Michel Mourlet Un consommateur
Macha Méril La blonde du 14 juillet
Françoise Prévost Hélène
Alain Resnais Un consommateur
Malka Ribowska La mère des deux enfants
Véra Valmont La blonde de Nanterre

Producers

Editors

Anne-Marie Cotret, Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte

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