Joy House

Joy House

DVD - 2008
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A con-man finds himself on the run from the mob after seducing the wife of an American gangster. He hides away as the chauffeur of a beautiful widow and her young cousin, hopelessly entangled in a triangle of love and deception.
Publisher: Port Washington, NY : Koch Lorber Films, c2008, c1964.
Edition: 16x9 widescreen
ISBN: 9781417201556
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE JOY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Joy house (Motion picture)


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Oct 08, 2014

Initially I had thought 1964's Joy House was supposed to be a rip-roarin' Comedy (and a lame one at that). But I quickly found out that it was a dead-serious Thriller.

Perhaps I was in the wrong frame of mind when I sat down to watch this picture, but, whether a Comedy or a Thriller, I thought Joy House stank in the worst possible way imaginable.

Set in the ritzy district of the French Riviera (and directed by French film-maker, Rene Clement), I found Joy House to be a piece of empty-headed fluff that might have benefited some had it been filmed in colour.

Joy House stars shallow, French actor (and all-round pretty-boy), Alain Delon, who (without his looks) couldn't act his way out of a wet, paper bag, even if his life depended on it.

This film's cast also included 2 big-name, American actresses, Jane Fonda and Lola Albright. At first I thought these women's characters were a lesbian couple, but that assumption soon proved to be an error.

Since this was a French production (with English subtitles), both Fonda and Albright's voices were dubbed (badly) and this annoyance, of course, proved to be yet another strike against this dimwitted picture that steadily began to grate on my nerves, big-time.

From my perspective, Fonda and Albright's characters were truly sickening. These 2 bitterly jealous women (living under the same roof) were both vying for the attentions of the same man (Delon) and, as a result, they came across as being nothing but ruthless, calculating sluts.

Joy House's story has small-time con-man/gigolo, Marc (Delon) on the run from a group of bungling hit men. Marc takes refuge in the posh mansion of a wealthy widow (Albright) who lives there with her cousin (Fonda).

It's from this point (when Marc encounters these 2 women) that Joy House's already faltering story completely falls to pieces and lost my overall interest, altogether.


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