Cinema: Comedy Manque

Don't Tempt the Devil. Over a midnight snack, lush Marina Vlady mulls over legal problems with her lawyer-lover, Pierre Brasseur. She has recently disposed of her wealthy husband, neatly pinned the murder on his nurse-mistress. But things aren't working out according to plan. "I wish I hadn't bothered with the serum," she pouts. Then, "Oh well . . . next time." As a girl whose Mona Lisa face masks the soul of a Borgia, Actress Vlady almost turns Devil into an elegant spoof of French justice. Brasseur, too, seems drolly aware that Justice is a lady who can barely make it...

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