Ce soir ou jamais (1961) AKA Tonight or Never


Laurent is a poster designer who is about to begin rehearsals for his first stage play, a musical comedy. To celebrate this auspicious event, he holds a party at his apartment, to which his best friends are all invited. News that the lead actress in Laurent’s play has been run over by a bus laden with Dutch tourists puts a damper on the evening, but Laurent wastes no time looking for a replacement, not knowing that his girlfriend Valérie covets the part. As Valérie’s dreams of stardom are crushed she realises that her relationship with Laurent is over – or so she thinks. Either way, the evening will prove decisive for them both.

Director: Michel Deville. AKA Tonight or Never
Stars: Anna Karina, Claude Rich, Georges Descrières, Jacqueline Danno, Michel de Ré, Guy Bedos, Eliane D’Almeida, Anne Tonietti, Françoise Dorléac.


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  1. Jon W.
    December 24, 2019

    RIP Anna Karina (September 22, 1940 – December 14, 2019).

  2. James V Ruocco
    August 21, 2022

    Fantastique. A French cinematic classic.

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