7.3/10
1,551
8 user 13 critic

Le signe du lion (1962)

A French-American in Paris lives by sponging off his working friends, and throws a party using borrowed money when his rich American aunt dies, believing firmly in his horoscope.

Director:

Éric Rohmer

Writers:

Paul Gégauff (dialogue), Éric Rohmer (original screenplay)
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The friendship of Bertrand and Guillaume is complicated when the womanizing Guillaume begins to pursue a charming girl named Suzanne.

Director: Éric Rohmer
Stars: Catherine Sée, Philippe Beuzen, Christian Charrière
Short | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A law student regularly visits a Paris bakery to flirt with a brunette employee.

Director: Éric Rohmer
Stars: Barbet Schroeder, Claudine Soubrier, Michèle Girardon
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A German Marquise has to deal with a pregnancy she cannot explain and an infatuated Russian Count.

Director: Éric Rohmer
Stars: Edith Clever, Bruno Ganz, Edda Seippel
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A young student is devastated when he finds that his girlfriend is cheating on him. In order to find out why she did it, he decides to spy on her and her lover.

Director: Éric Rohmer
Stars: Philippe Marlaud, Marie Rivière, Anne-Laure Meury
Perceval (1978)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The exploits of Sir Perceval, a legendary exemplar of knightly chivalry and one of the champions of King Arthur's Round Table.

Director: Éric Rohmer
Stars: Fabrice Luchini, André Dussollier, Solange Boulanger
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In 1992, the socialist mayor of a little French town with the help of his contacts in Paris get the money to build a multimedia house. But the socialist party lose his majority in the ... See full summary »

Director: Éric Rohmer
Stars: Pascal Greggory, Arielle Dombasle, Fabrice Luchini
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Though he has an adoring wife, a bourgeois man is still tempted to pursue other women.

Director: Éric Rohmer
Stars: Bernard Verley, Zouzou, Françoise Verley
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A womanizing art dealer and a painter find the serenity of their Riviera vacation disturbed by a third guest, a vivacious bohemian woman known for her long list of male conquests.

Director: Éric Rohmer
Stars: Patrick Bauchau, Haydée Politoff, Daniel Pommereulle
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

During the French Revolution, a Scottish aristocrat and her former lover, the Duke of Orleans, find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

Director: Éric Rohmer
Stars: Lucy Russell, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Alain Libolt
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Sabine vows to give up married lovers, and is determined to find a good husband. Her best friend Clarisse introduces her to her cousin Edmond, a busy lawyer from Paris. Sabine pursues ... See full summary »

Director: Éric Rohmer
Stars: Béatrice Romand, André Dussollier, Féodor Atkine
Autumn Tale (1998)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A widow's best friend tries to find her a new husband, but the ad posted in the newspaper attracts more than one possibility.

Director: Éric Rohmer
Stars: Marie Rivière, Béatrice Romand, Alain Libolt
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Simple conversations engender complicated human interactions. Jeanne is open and even-tempered, a philosophy teacher at a lycée. Her fiancé is away and she doesn't want to stay at his messy... See full summary »

Director: Éric Rohmer
Stars: Anne Teyssèdre, Hugues Quester, Florence Darel
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jess Hahn ... Pierre Wesselrin
Michèle Girardon ... Dominique Laurent
Van Doude ... Jean-François Santeuil
Paul Bisciglia Paul Bisciglia ... Willy
Gilbert Edard ... Michel Caron
Christian Alers Christian Alers ... Philippe
Paul Crauchet ... Fred
Jill Olivier Jill Olivier ... Cathy
Sophie Perrault Sophie Perrault ... Chris
Stéphane Audran ... La patronne de l'hôtel
Jean Le Poulain ... Le clochard
Edit

Storyline

Pierre Wesselrin is a 40-year-old American who lives in Paris by sponging off his working friends and various wealthy acquaintances. He receives a telegram saying that a rich aunt has died, so he throws a party, using borrowed money of course, and invites all his friends. After discovering that his aunt disinherited him, his luggage is impounded and he is thrown out of his apartment. All his friends are now away for the summer, or are working outside Paris, so he is forced to wander the streets and become a clochard. Written by Will Gilbert

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | Italian | English

Release Date:

3 May 1962 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Az Oroszlán jegyében See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ajym Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Eric Rohmer's first feature film. See more »

Quotes

Pierre Wesselrin: I am everything: American, Austrian, Swiss...
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The City Tramp (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Musique pour un...
Written by Louis Saguer
Performed by 'Gerard Jarry'
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Nouvelle vague with a difference
4 October 2004 | by Miksa76See all my reviews

I saw this very hilarious film a long time ago. It's about the twists of fate in the life of an American in Paris.

Jess Hahn plays a bohemian musician living in the margins of society. He gets information about a shortcoming heritage and believes he's in for big money. He spends all his savings. However, the money is given to his distant cousin.

This starts a downward spiral in the musician's life, as he loses his flat and turns into a clochard dragging along the hostile streets of Paris, trying to survive. These sharp shots are the best stuff in the film: in the first half it uses some of the typical clichés of the French New Wave. There's a nice cameo from Jean-Luc Godard as a weird party-guest.

This isn't like later Rohmer at all, but it's still an original, funny, and moving film. I remember reading somewhere, that this movie was a critical and economical failure for Rohmer... anyway, I think it was more than a good start!!


13 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed