Patachou

Henriette Ragon (10 June 1918 – 30 April 2015), better known as Patachou, was a French singer and actress. She was an Officier of the Légion d'honneur. Born in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, Henriette Ragon began her working life as a typist, then a factory worker, a shoeseller and an antique dealer. In 1948, with her husband Jean Billon she took over a cabaret-restaurant in Montmartre, called Patachou. (Their son Pierre Billon had some success as a singer in the 1970s and wrote J'ai oublié de vivre for Johnny Hallyday.) She began to sing in the bistro, and journalists began to call her Patachou after the name of her cabaret (pâte-à-choux means cream puff dough). Georges Brassens sang there, and together they sang the duet "Maman, papa". She was the first to interpret other songs he composed such as "Le bricoleur", "La chasse aux papillons", etc. The evening she sang them for the first time, she suggested her audience stay to the end of the show and meet the writer of these songs, and Brassens went up on to the Patachou stage for the first time and sang Le Gorille and P..de toi. Sometimes she would collect half-ties (she would snip the neckties of customers reluctant to join in the singing and immediately staple them to the ceiling, a habit which has created a very original decor of the place - hundreds of neckties hanging above) – Thomas Dewey and Errol Flynn were among her victims. Her first records were released in 1952. She appeared at the Bobino, a ...

Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre (2001)

A collection of artifacts from an archeological dig in Egypt are brought to the famous Louvre museum in Paris, and while experts are using a laser scanning device to determine the age of a sarcophagus, a ghostly spirit escapes and makes its way into the museum's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Paul Salomé
CAST:  Sophie Marceau  •  Michel Serrault  •  Frédéric Diefenthal  •  Julie Christie

A collection of artifacts from an archeological dig in Egypt are brought to the famous Louvre museum in Paris, and while experts are using a laser scanning device to determine the age of a sarcophagus, a ghostly spirit escapes and makes its way into the museum's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Paul Salomé
CAST:  Sophie Marceau  •  Michel Serrault  •  Frédéric Diefenthal  •  Julie Christie

Pola X (1999)

A writer leaves his upper-class life and journeys with a woman claiming to be his sister, and her two friends.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leos Carax
CAST:  Guillaume Depardieu  •  Yekaterina Golubeva  •  Catherine Deneuve  •  Delphine Chuillot

A writer leaves his upper-class life and journeys with a woman claiming to be his sister, and her two friends.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leos Carax
CAST:  Guillaume Depardieu  •  Yekaterina Golubeva  •  Catherine Deneuve  •  Delphine Chuillot

French Cancan (1955)

Nineteenth-century Paris comes vibrantly alive in Jean Renoir’s exhilarating tale of the opening of the world-renowned Moulin Rouge. Jean Gabin plays the wily impresario Danglard, who makes the cancan all the rage while juggling the love of two beautiful women—an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Renoir
CAST:  Jean Gabin  •  Françoise Arnoul  •  Anna Amendola  •  María Félix

Nineteenth-century Paris comes vibrantly alive in Jean Renoir’s exhilarating tale of the opening of the world-renowned Moulin Rouge. Jean Gabin plays the wily impresario Danglard, who makes the cancan all the rage while juggling the love of two beautiful women—an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Renoir
CAST:  Jean Gabin  •  Françoise Arnoul  •  Anna Amendola  •  María Félix

Tendre piège (1996)

The engagement of a young couple is spoiled by the antics of their relatives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Serge Moati
CAST:  Marie-Christine Barrault  •  Patachou  •  Alexandra Kazan  •  Antoine Duléry

The engagement of a young couple is spoiled by the antics of their relatives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Serge Moati
CAST:  Marie-Christine Barrault  •  Patachou  •  Alexandra Kazan  •  Antoine Duléry

Wild Target (1993)

Into the solitary life of middle-aged hitman, Victor Meynard, come two people: Antoine, a youth who becomes Victor's apprentice, and Renée, a bold thief Victor's been hired to kill because she cheated a mobster. When circumstances prevent Victor from killing her, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pierre Salvadori
CAST:  Marie Trintignant  •  Jean Rochefort  •  Guillaume Depardieu  •  Patachou

Into the solitary life of middle-aged hitman, Victor Meynard, come two people: Antoine, a youth who becomes Victor's apprentice, and Renée, a bold thief Victor's been hired to kill because she cheated a mobster. When circumstances prevent Victor from killing her, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pierre Salvadori
CAST:  Marie Trintignant  •  Jean Rochefort  •  Guillaume Depardieu  •  Patachou

Adventures of Félix (2000)

A charming comedy about going on a rather long walk. Félix is a laid-back guy living in the bleak northern coastal town of Dieppe. He lives happily with his lover Daniel and is a soap opera enthusiast and HIV-positive. After losing his job, Félix decides to find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Ducastel  •  Jacques Martineau
CAST:  Sami Bouajila  •  Patachou  •  Ariane Ascaride  •  Pierre-Loup Rajot

A charming comedy about going on a rather long walk. Félix is a laid-back guy living in the bleak northern coastal town of Dieppe. He lives happily with his lover Daniel and is a soap opera enthusiast and HIV-positive. After losing his job, Félix decides to find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Ducastel  •  Jacques Martineau
CAST:  Sami Bouajila  •  Patachou  •  Ariane Ascaride  •  Pierre-Loup Rajot

Napoleon (1955)

The film follows the life of Napoleon from his early life in Corsica to his death at Saint Helena. The film is notable for its use of location shooting for numerous scenes, especially at the French estates of Malmaison and Fontainebleau, the Palace of Versailles, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sacha Guitry
CAST:  Jean Gabin  •  Michèle Morgan  •  Danielle Darrieux  •  Dany Robin

The film follows the life of Napoleon from his early life in Corsica to his death at Saint Helena. The film is notable for its use of location shooting for numerous scenes, especially at the French estates of Malmaison and Fontainebleau, the Palace of Versailles, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sacha Guitry
CAST:  Jean Gabin  •  Michèle Morgan  •  Danielle Darrieux  •  Dany Robin

Faubourg St Martin (1986)

Imagine a slightly dilapidated three star hotel in the tenth arrondissement run by a very distinguished lady with moral fibre and panache, Mrs. Coppercage. Alongside tourists visiting Paris, Mrs. Coppercage rents three rooms to three women at a monthly rate. Each ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Claude Guiguet
CAST:  Françoise Fabian  •  Patachou  •  Ingrid Bourgoin  •  Stéphane Jobert

Imagine a slightly dilapidated three star hotel in the tenth arrondissement run by a very distinguished lady with moral fibre and panache, Mrs. Coppercage. Alongside tourists visiting Paris, Mrs. Coppercage rents three rooms to three women at a monthly rate. Each ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Claude Guiguet
CAST:  Françoise Fabian  •  Patachou  •  Ingrid Bourgoin  •  Stéphane Jobert

The Carpathian Mushroom (1990)

A miraculous mushroom is discovered by a film director's daughter.It would be used to cure an actress.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Claude Biette
CAST:  Tonie Marshall  •  Valérie Jeannet  •  Thomas Badek  •  Laurent Cygler

A miraculous mushroom is discovered by a film director's daughter.It would be used to cure an actress.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Claude Biette
CAST:  Tonie Marshall  •  Valérie Jeannet  •  Thomas Badek  •  Laurent Cygler

Les matins chagrins (1990)

Dan, a journalist, lives alone with his daughter since his wife left him for a friend. When he accepts an appointment with him, he finds him dead. Dan decides to investigate the circumstances of the death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Gallepe
CAST:  Hugues Quester  •  Anouk Grinberg  •  Patachou  •  Michel Vitold

Dan, a journalist, lives alone with his daughter since his wife left him for a friend. When he accepts an appointment with him, he finds him dead. Dan decides to investigate the circumstances of the death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Gallepe
CAST:  Hugues Quester  •  Anouk Grinberg  •  Patachou  •  Michel Vitold

La Rumba (1987)

Paris, 1938. In a lavishly decorated nightclub, couples dance the syncopated rhythms of Latin America: Rumba, Cucaracha, Tango, and also the Charleston, Foxtrot and Boston. Among beautiful women, local pimps and Mussolini's spies brush each other on the dance floor ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Hanin
CAST:  Roger Hanin  •  Michel Piccoli  •  Niels Arestrup  •  Patachou

Paris, 1938. In a lavishly decorated nightclub, couples dance the syncopated rhythms of Latin America: Rumba, Cucaracha, Tango, and also the Charleston, Foxtrot and Boston. Among beautiful women, local pimps and Mussolini's spies brush each other on the dance floor ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Hanin
CAST:  Roger Hanin  •  Michel Piccoli  •  Niels Arestrup  •  Patachou

Avec sentiment (1987)

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DIRECTION:  Paul Vecchiali
CAST:  Patachou

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DIRECTION:  Paul Vecchiali
CAST:  Patachou

Les petites mains (2001)

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DIRECTION:  Lou Jeunet
CAST:  Mireille Perrier  •  Patachou  •  Philippe Duclos  •  Geneviève Mnich

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DIRECTION:  Lou Jeunet
CAST:  Mireille Perrier  •  Patachou  •  Philippe Duclos  •  Geneviève Mnich

Le Coeur Etincelant (1995)

A young woman is sure that her son is alive  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henri Helman
CAST:  Robin Renucci  •  Raoul Billerey  •  Jean-Pierre Cassel  •  Jean-Noël Cridlig-Veneziano

A young woman is sure that her son is alive  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henri Helman
CAST:  Robin Renucci  •  Raoul Billerey  •  Jean-Pierre Cassel  •  Jean-Noël Cridlig-Veneziano