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Joy House (Les Felins)
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Also Includes Added Bonus: French language version of Joy House ("Les Félins) with optional English subtitles
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All the actors give terrific involved performances and the energy between a young Jane Fonda (Barbarella era) and Alain Delon is electric!!
Also of note - Lalo Schifrin produced an amazing score for this film that will stick with you long after it's over.
The DVD quality is terrific and the film looks very sharp, which highlights Henri Decae's amazing cinematography. Well worth purchasing if you can't find the DVD for rent!
Upon revisiting the film I found it a fun French-New Wave-Gothic-Noir romp along the Riviera at the height of the jet set age. The film is a mystery and my review will leave the plot just that for you (I hate so called reviews that are just a synopsis of a film and nothing else). I will say this much, Joy House is labyrinthine and delicious an well worth a visit down its rabbit hole.
The cinematography in cinemascope black and white is crisp, sharp and glamorous. It shows off the lovely landscapes of the South of France at the same time, the twisted psyches of the three main characters.
Jane Fonda here in her French ingénue period is luscious and interesting. She gives one glimpses of where she is going in the near future as an actress. It is fun to watch her bubble and squeak as the freaky sex kitten Melinda. Alan Delon steams up the scene and the screen as Marc a hustler who gets more than he bargained for. Delon is just so much fun to watch. One of a few French actors of the 60's who translated to American audiences and made a splash in English language films. (This film was shot in English and can be watched in dubbed French as well). Here he is playing a variation on his role in Purple Noon, but that is not a bad thing since his Ripley was so much fun. Then there is Lola Albright as Barbara, a woman with more than just a little secret upstairs in the attic. Here is an actress who has been forgotten for the most part and I myself cannot recall any of her films. But her performance in this glittering soufflé is the nutty center of the film that fascinates.Read more ›
All voices appear to be dubbed (badly), even for obviously French-speaking actors, including Delon.
The print is passable, but not much better than what you would see on a VHS copy.
It is difficult for me to comment on the film since my skill in understanding French is limited. It appears to be a noir-ish thriller with few jolts. Fans of Delon will enjoy seeing him at his athletic best in some exciting chase scenes, but please do wait for a DVD release properly presented. My copy of "Les Felins" arrived yesterday. It's being returned to Amazon today!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was really fun to watch, in English and in French, with Alain Delon and Jane Fonda, and if you are a fan, you will really enjoy it.Published 23 months ago by sonia
This is an excellent film of the French "New Wave" cinema period that works on multiple levels, primarily because it is psychologically insightful. Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by John Whitfield
One of his best films. And one of his many film in which he is exceedingly handsome!
The story is intruguing and mysterious as well.
"Les Felins (René Clément), F 1964
This isn't Barbie-rella Jane-a-della but Fonda-kitten getting her claws into young Delon! Read more
As a film,Joy House is a little dated, but it still manages to catch the attention and to hold it through to the final credits. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Alexander S. Carter
The casting of Alain Delon with Jane Fonda and Lola Albright in a darkish story about keeping your life, but at a price, is close to perfect. Read morePublished on December 15, 2012 by ian
I'm sure that this film will never be rated as one of the finest bits of cinema but it was worth viewing. Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by Dennis R. Pixler