The film La Cage aux Folles ran for well over a year at the Paris Theatre , an arthouse cinema in New York City, and was a commercial success at theaters throughout the country, in both urban and rural areas. Patrick Bokanowski would thus have total control over the "matter" of the image and its optical composition. Patrick Bokanowski creates his own universe and obeys his own aesthetic logic. Post—World War II[ edit ] s—s[ edit ] Alain Delon was known as much for his beauty as for his acting career and holds an enduring status as a leading man in French cinema. When film studios in Europe began to fail, many European countries began to set import barriers. No other film has so subtly linked eroticism with religious persecution. It takes us through a series of distorted areas, obscure visions, metamorphoses and synthetic objects. This allowed the United States film industry to enter the European cinema market, because American films could be sold more cheaply than European productions, since the studios already had recouped their costs in the home market. The historical drama film Jean de Florette and its sequel Manon des Sources were among the highest grossing French films in history and brought Daniel Auteuil international recognition. This is especially noticeable throughout the film, with images taken through distorted objectives or a plastic work on the sets and costumes, for example in the scene of the designer. Brigitte Bardot was one of the most famous French actresses in the s. French cinema also was the birthplace for many subgenres of the crime film , most notably the modern caper film , starting with 's Rififi by American-born director Jules Dassin and followed by a large number of serious, noirish heist dramas as well as playful caper comedies throughout the sixties, and the "polar," a typical French blend of film noir and detective fiction. Another example was La Folie des grandeurs with Yves Montand.