Romy Schneider and Horst Buchholz in the film Monpti (Helmut Käutner 1957). The story deals with a Hungarian art student in Paris who meets a French girl on a bench in the Luxembourg park in Paris. A cat and mouse play-like erotic relationship starts with the girl. She is afraid to lose him, so she pretends to be older and of rich family, but in reality she is a 17-year old poor and orphaned French seamstress, The film ends darkly.
Austrian actress Romy Schneider (1938-1982) was one of the most beautiful and intelligent actors of her generation. Thirty years after her death she still has an immense popular appeal.Horst Buchholz (1933-2003) was the James Dean of the German Cinema. ‘Hotte’ was typecasted as a rebellious teenager in the late 1950s. He appeared in over sixty films between 1952 and 2002 and is now best remembered as the Mexican gunfighter Chico in The Magnificent Seven (John Sturges, 1960).
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