Sweet and Sour
Cast & Crew
A group of film enthusiasts, overwhelmed by the style and possibilities of the hand-held camera, film life in the streets of Paris and interview a number of subjects in an effort to capture some truths about humanity. The results are screened in an old loft serving as the filmmakers' headquarters. There is film of Gérard, who beats an old pro at tennis and is then talked into regretting his victory; the same Gérard meeting a prostitute, Jackie, in the Bois de Boulogne; and Jackie escaping a police raid on the Bois. There are scenes of an effeminate man instructing women in a charm school; two new fathers discussing their infants, a giant and a midget respectively; an elderly German searching in Paris for his daughter; a striptease lesson; a tryst in an atmosphere reminiscent of Last Year at Marienbad ; a pleading telephone conversation between Geneviève, a lovelorn prostitute, and her ex-lover Raymond, a French Legionnaire who hardly remembers her; a sequence in which a naive plumber shows more interest in the leaky faucet in a frustrated prostitute's apartment than in the woman herself; and a gang "rumble" in dance in the style of West Side Story . The leader of the filmmakers shows a movie in which a woman confides stories about her dull husband who has been dead for years. The final scene is an interview with a leather-jacketed Method actor (Gérard) who is about to leave for Hollywood. He reveals his plan to make a film about Voltaire as a teenager.
Louis De Masure
Opened in Paris in September 1963 as Dragées au poivre; running time: 94 min; 1963 Venice Film Festival running time: 98 min. Italian title: Confetti al pepe. Apo Films is credited by one source as production company with Les Films Number One.
Released in United States 1963
Released in United States September 19, 1963
Shown at 1963 Venice Film Festival.
Shown at New York Film Festival September 19, 1963.
Released in United States 1963 (Shown at 1963 Venice Film Festival.)
Released in United States September 19, 1963 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 19, 1963.)