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Derrière la façade (1939)

 |  Drama  |  28 September 1944 (USA)
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The owner of an apartment building is found murdered. Two rival policemen, Boucheron and Lambert, investigate the matter and get into the private lives of the tenants: an unfaithful judge, ... See full summary »


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Jules Berry ...
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The owner of an apartment building is found murdered. Two rival policemen, Boucheron and Lambert, investigate the matter and get into the private lives of the tenants: an unfaithful judge, a crippled blind man and his daughter, an eccentric knife thrower, a shoplifter (and proud of it!), a bourgeois lady who has a bone to pick with a gigolo, a mistress who cheats on her lover, not forgetting the caretaker and a soldier in love... Written by Guy Bellinger

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28 September 1944 (USA)  »

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32 Rue de Montmartre  »

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Second part of the "crime trilogy", composed of "Café de Paris", this film and "Paris-New York". See more »


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Written by Jean Wiener
Performed by Jean Wiener (as Wiener) and Roger Doucet (as Doucet)
Published by Éditions Choudens
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Behind the façade/double entendre
23 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

The two meanings are displayed in the movies;everything happens behind the façade of an apartment building,and every tenant has got something to hide after the owner's murder.

What's definitely lacking is unity:it resembles Julien Duvivier's movies made up of sketches ,but without Pepe le Moko's director's genius.EVerything that made Duvivier one of the greatest names of the French cinema(strong screenplays,evil characters,film noir atmosphere) is desperately nowhere to be found here.Scene follows another ,without sustaining any dramatic progression,bringing almost all the big names of the era ,waiting for being in the front of the stage and eager to put on their usual act:Eric Von Stroheim,Michel Simon,Jules Berry,Elvire Popesco,Marguerite Moreno ,Gaby Morlay and many more do exactly what the audience is waiting for.The whodunit is devoid of interest -we do not care a little bit about the murderer's identity- and it's not offset by a solid psychological study à la Simenon because all the characters but the two cops -the human one and the hard one:for that matter,the movie was ahead of its time- hardly stay five minutes on the screen.

About Georges Lacombe ,the director:his best movies were "le dernier des six" ,which he made two years later with a big help from great director HG Clouzot who wrote the screenplay,and "Le Pays Sans Etoiles";Also worthy of investigation is "la lumière d'en face" which revealed one year before Vadim's mediocre "Et Dieu créa la femme" ,Brigitte Bardot's sensuality.

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