Charles (Jean Gabin), a sixtyish career criminal fresh out of jail, rejects his wife's plan for a quiet life of bourgeois respectability. He enlists a former cellmate, Francis (Alain Delon)... See full summary »
Set in the golden era of Grand Prix Racing '1' tells the story of a generation of charismatic drivers who raced on the edge, risking their lives during Formula 1's deadliest period, and the men who stood up and changed the sport forever.
Horace Vendig shows himself to the world as a rich philanthropist. In fact, the history of his rise from his unhappy broken home shows this to be far from the case. After being taken in by ... See full summary »
Working class couple Antoine and Antoinette dream of a better life. In the midst of constantly fending off the unwanted attention of men, especially the grocer Monsieur Roland, Antoinette ... See full summary »
An amnesia victim is a well liked and respected member of his community--until one day someone from his past shows up with evidence that in "the old days" he had been a notorious criminal, and threatens to expose him unless he pays off.
The precursor to films like "The Return of Martin Guerre", this is a well shot (with lots of film- noir like touches) metaphysical mystery/thriller about a man's search for the truth about who he really is.
Having lost his memory in the war, Roger de Vetheuil is living as a wealthy industrialist with a seeming perfect life. But a blackmailer claims Roger is really Jean Pelletier, a small time gangster, said to have died in the war. De Vetheuil finds himself compelled to dig ever deeper into his own blurred past -- only to find confusing and confounding evidence pointing both directions.
Charles Vanel is excellent in the lead, nicely underplaying in a more subtle style than many screen performances of the time and unfortunately also more subtle then some of the performances around him. But while the film has it's melodramatic scenes, it ultimately is an absorbing, twisty and intelligent story, almost impossible to get ahead of.
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