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.
|Directed by||René Clément|
|Produced by||Jacques Bar|
|Written by||René Clément|
|Based on||The novel Joy House by Day Keene|
|Music by||Lalo Schifrin|
|Edited by||Fedora Zincone|
|June 12, 1964|
|Box office||1,414,966 admissions (France)|
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 also 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 that Marc is guilty and forces him to hide in the chateau's secret rooms. He is her prisoner, just as Vincent had been her aunt's.
The film was based on a Day Keene novel published in 1954. The New York Times called the book "more conventional than usual" but said the story was "... well constructed and sharply twisted in the James M. Cain manner."
It was Jane Fonda's first movie in France. Of the shoot, she said, "... there was chaos, rain and script changes, I fought sixty battles and won them all." She shot her part speaking English and was dubbed into French. She later recalled that Clément made the film 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.
Fonda would marry Vadim in 1965 and live in France for several years.
The Los Angeles Times called the film "an oddball thriller."
- Box office information for film at Box Office Story
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