Singe en Hiver, Un (1962, FRA) B&W-105m. SCOPE ** D: Henri Verneuil. Starring Jean Gabin, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Suzanne Flon, Gabrielle Dorziat, Hella Petri, Henri Verneuil. In a little seaside community boozing war veteran Gabin swears off alcohol one day after miraculously surviving an air raid. Years later a lovesick young Spaniard (Belmondo) tempts him to return to his old habit. Catalyst drama benefits from fine performances, atmosphere, but is quite depressing. The plot also never catches fire. Verneuil reportedly considered this his best film. Based on a novel by Antoine Blondin. English title: A MONKEY IN WINTER, and IT'S HOT IN HELL.

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