Episode 47

Soho Bites 47: Monsieur Ripois (1954)

Bienvenue dans le premier épisode de 2024.

Monsieur Ripois (1954) was directed by René Clément and stars the French heart throb, Gérard Philipe along with the English beauties, Joan Greenwood, Natasha Parry & Valerie Hobson. It was based on the 1912 novel, Monsieur Ripois et la Némésis by Louis Hémon.

The film was released under several other titles including “Lovers, Happy Lovers” & “Knave of Hearts” and was made in both English and French with the two versions being shot concurrently.

We talk about Monsieur Ripois to the actor and director Jason Morell, whose mother was Joan Greenwood, one of the stars of the film. Listen out for some seventy year old hot gossip!

Also on the French theme, we revisit an episode of Mural Morsels to hear about the notorious bohemian French poet, Paul Verlaine. This was an interview I did with another poet, Niall McDevitt, back in 2020 who has since sadly passed away. We’re using this interview with the blessing of his partner, Julie Goldsmith.

Read this article by Jason Morell about dear old mum.

Follow Jason on the Twitters.

Here’s a little extract from the film.

Of course our friends at Reelstreets have watched M. Ripois and you can look at some of the locations from the film HERE.

Julie Goldsmith, the partner of the late Niall McDevitt, is a sculptor. You can see some of her work on Instagram and on her website.

Niall’s obituary in The Irish Times.

Buy tickets for the event at the South Bank - A Niall McDevitt Celebration.

The 1995 Paul Verlaine biopic, Total Eclipse is worth watching if you can find it - although it’s quite difficult to track down. Here are a few options.

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