Joy House (film)

Joy House (French title: Les Félins / UK title: The Love Cage) is a 1964 French mystery-thriller film starring Jane Fonda, Alain Delon, and Lola Albright. It is based on the 1954 novel of the same name by Day Keene.

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Directed byRené Clément
Produced byJacques Bar
Written byRené Clément
StarringJane Fonda
Alain Delon
Lola Albright
Music byLalo Schifrin
CinematographyHenri Decaë
Edited byFedora Zincone
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
June 12, 1964
Running time
97 minutes
CountryFrance
LanguageEnglish/French
Box office1,414,966 admissions (France)[1]

It was Clement's second film for MGM.[2]

Plot

In Monte Carlo, Marc, a handsome card sharp, escapes American gangsters who have been ordered to kill him by the boss of a New York gang because he had an affair with the boss's wife. Marc hides in a mission for the poor where Barbara, a wealthy widow, finds him and hires him as her chauffeur.

At Barbara's chateau, Melinda, Barbara's niece, becomes attracted to him. Marc discovers that Barbara is hiding her lover, Vincent, in the secret rooms and passageways of the chateau. She and Vincent (a bank robber sought by the police for murdering Barbara's husband) plan to murder Marc so that Vincent may use his passport in escaping to South America. Marc and Barbara begin an affair but are discovered by Vincent, who then kills Barbara but is himself killed by the American gangsters, who mistake him for Marc.

Marc and Melinda plan to dispose of the two bodies, but when Melinda learns that Marc is planning to leave without her, she tricks the police into believing Marc guilty and forces him to hide in the chateau's secret rooms. He is her prisoner, just as Vincent had been her aunt's.

Cast

Production

It was Jane Fonda's first movie in France. She later recalled that the director made it without a script:

I didn't speak very good French then, and I never understood much of what was going on. The only people who really dug that movie, for some reason, were junkies. They used to come up to me and give me a big wink. But I'm awfully glad I did it because it got me into France and I met [later husband Roger] Vadim.[3]

The film was partly shot in the historic Villa Torre Clementina.[4]

References

  1. Box office information for film at Box Office Story
  2. Archer, Eugene (April 26, 1963). "Rene Clement Hired by M-G-M to Direct 'Love Cage' in France". New York Times. New York, N.Y. p. 29.
  3. Jonas, Gerald (January 22, 1967). "Here's What Happened to Baby Jane". New York Times. New York, N.Y. p. 91.
  4. Reynier, Carolyn (January 26, 2008). "From huntsmen to house-hunters". Financial Times. Retrieved July 7, 2017.


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