Life Is a Bed of Roses

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  • PG
Alain Resnais pays tribute to three influential French filmmakers Georges Melies, Marcel L Herbier and Eric Rohmer with this lighthearted film about happiness and the power of the imagination. Life Is a Bed of Roses is divided into three parallel narratives. read more

Alain Resnais pays tribute to three influential French filmmakers Georges Melies, Marcel L Herbier and Eric Rohmer with this lighthearted film about happiness and the power of the imagination. Life Is a Bed of Roses is divided into three parallel narratives. The first section is set around the first decade of the twentieth century in the Ardennes, where Count Forbeck (Ruggero Raimondi) unveils his architect’s designs for a utopian city. In a modern day mirroring of this story, a group of professors now inhabiting Forbeck’s castle seek a new form of education through the use of the imagination, under the guidance of a guru named Guarini (Vittorio Gassman Big Deal on Madonna Street). The third segment depicts a Wagnerian fantasy landscape of kings and dragons, which arises from the imagination of the children of some of the professors at the school. With ingenuity and great craftsmanship, Resnais weaves together these three threads to make Life Is a Bed of Roses a compelling and entertaining mixture of drama, satire, comedy, fantasy and music.

Original Release

04/20/1983

Cast

Vittorio Gassman Walter Guarini
Ruggero Raimondi Count Michel Forbek
Geraldine Chaplin Nora Winkle
Fanny Ardant Livia Cerasquier
Pierre Arditi Robert Dufresne
Sabine Azema Élisabeth Rousseau
Robert Manuel Georges Leroux
Martine Kelly Claudine Obertin
Samson Fainsilber Zoltán Forbek
Véronique Silver Nathalie Holberg
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Alain Resnais

Writers

Jean Gruault

Cast

Vittorio Gassman Walter Guarini
Ruggero Raimondi Count Michel Forbek
Geraldine Chaplin Nora Winkle
Fanny Ardant Livia Cerasquier
Pierre Arditi Robert Dufresne
Sabine Azema Élisabeth Rousseau
Robert Manuel Georges Leroux
Martine Kelly Claudine Obertin
Samson Fainsilber Zoltán Forbek
Véronique Silver Nathalie Holberg
Andre Dussollier Raoul Vandamme
Guillaume Boisseau Frédéric
Sabine Thomas Marie
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu School Teacher
Rodolphe Schacher Pierre
Jean-Claude Arnaud Le conducteur de la camionnette
Lucienne Hamon Juliette Watelet
Jean-Louis Richard Pére Jean Watelet
Hélène Patarot Thi Lan
Flavie Ducorps La fille de Nora Winkle

Producers

Editors

Jean-Pierre Besnard, Albert Jurgenson

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