Le Signe Du Lion (the Sign Of Leo)

Eric Rohmer’s uncharacteristic first feature (1959) is the flavorsome and poetic account of a musician (Jess Hahn) who finds himself homeless in Paris for a summer and turns into a street bum. Touching and often funny, and providing a memorable look at Paris during the summertime, this footloose film may be preferred to Rohmer’s better crafted but decidedly less funky subsequent work. With cameos by Jean-Luc Godard, Stephane Audran, and other French New Wave colleagues. (JR)

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