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Coster Bill of Paris (1922)
"Crainquebille" (original title)

TV-G  |   |  Drama  |  7 October 1923 (Finland)
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A poor vegetable peddler in Paris runs afoul of the law and finds himself ground up in the cogs of the corrupt French judicial system.

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Jean Forest ...
La Souris
Marguerite Carré ...
Mme Laure
Jeanne Cheirel ...
Mme Bayard
René Worms ...
M. Lemerle
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A poor vegetable peddler in Paris runs afoul of the law and finds himself ground up in the cogs of the corrupt French judicial system.

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Banned in Belgian, 1923, on the grounds that it portrays a lack of respect of its laws. See more »

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Version of Crainquebille (1954) See more »

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20 August 2014 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

'Crainquebille', based on a short story by Anatole France, is a tale that comes straight out of the 'Belly of Paris'. Its main theme is friendship (here between two street vendors: an old peddler and a newsboy) and its opposite, exclusion and hate. The movie exposes the brutal power of the law (the police and the judges), the coldness and cynicism of the bourgeoisie and social ostracism of 'stained' people (even when a trial is rigged and an accused wrongly condemned). The movie excels by its realism (the street and market scenes), by the acting of its main characters and by its emotional impact on the spectator. Akira Kurosawa explained it later so wonderfully: art is not the expression of (the artist's) personal emotions, but the engendering of emotions in the heart of the spectator. In other words, the spectator should really share the joys and pains of the characters on the screen. Therefore, the directing must be focused on 'natural' acting, on doing things 'naturally'. Jacques Feyder knew this all important message instinctively. He was a real master of Art. This movie is a must see for all movie buffs.


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