Le Rouge et le Noir ()

directed by Claude Autant-Lara
featuring Gérard Philipe, Danielle Darrieux, Jean Martinelli, Antonella Lualdi, Jean Mercure

Stendhal's brilliant but difficult novel Le Rouge et le Noir all but defies transfer to film, but adaptor/director Claude Autant-Lara comes within shouting distance of full success. Stripped to essentials, the plot concerns Julien Sorel (Gerard Philipe), a carpenter's son who becomes a tutor. While his duties do not include the seduction of his employer's wife (Danielle Darrieux), Sorel offers this service free of charge. After this episode, Sorel becomes a priest...and the story isn't over yet. Though the director is too ...

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