Trois Chambres à Manhattan

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

Although Jean-Pierre Melville had his eye on Georges Simenon's novel (it would have made an interesting comparison with his Deux Hommes dans Manhattan), it was Carné who eventually made a fairly decent fist of the story of lost French souls in the Big Apple. When his wife leaves him for a younger man, actor Ronet crosses the Atlantic hoping for work, but finds himself at a loose end until he encounters alluring yet enigmatic Girardot, seeking refuge in the city for very different reasons. While Ronet offers a variation on his role in Le Feu Follet, Girardot's rendering of a woman at a crossroads won her the best actress award at Venice. Although slightly becalmed by lengthy dialogue, the film still delivers plenty of neonlit atmosphere and a smokin' jazz soundtrack (undervalued pianist Waldron also appears). Oh, and the eagle-eyed will spot a youthful Robert De Niro as a customer in an all-night burger bar.

By: TJ


Release details

110 mins

Cast and crew

Marcel Carné
Marcel Carné, Jacques Sigurd
Maurice Ronet
Annie Girardot
OE Hasse
Gabriele Ferzetti
Geneviève Page
Roland Lesaffre
Margaret Nolan
Robert Hoffmann
Robert De Niro
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