MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 11,986 this week

Portrait d'un assassin (1949)

6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 87 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 1 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

Writers:

(dialogue), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Interview: Magic Mike

The Magic Mike XXL guys give some relationship advice to a 74-year-old fan.

Watch Now

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 4869 titles
created 14 Jan 2012
 
list image
a list of 175 titles
created 10 Jun 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Portrait d'un assassin (1949)

Portrait d'un assassin (1949) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Portrait d'un assassin.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A pair of crooks (von Stroheim and Lorre) use a phony countess (Zorina) who winds up falling in love with one of their victims (Greene).

Director: Gregory Ratoff
Stars: Vera Zorina, Richard Greene, Erich von Stroheim
Certificate: Passed Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An insanely, egocentric ventriloquist, even though he is possessed by his wooden dummy, is in love with a dancer who is in love with another. The dummy gives advice to the ventriloquist.

Directors: James Cruze, Erich von Stroheim
Stars: Erich von Stroheim, Donald Douglas, Betty Compson
Musical | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Pierre Renoir, Marie Déa
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

At the end of the 15th century, two minstrels Gilles and Dominique come from nowhere into the castle of Baron Hugues. Gilles charms Anne, Hughes' daughter, while Dominique charms both ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Carné
Stars: Arletty, Marie Déa, Fernand Ledoux
Queen Kelly (1929)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A convent girl is abducted and seduced by a prince before being sent off to a brothel in East Africa.

Directors: Erich von Stroheim, Richard Boleslawski, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Gloria Swanson, Walter Byron, Seena Owen
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Director: Primo Zeglio
Stars: Jean-Pierre Aumont, Maria Montez, Milly Vitale
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Marino Girolami
Stars: Maria Montez, Massimo Serato, Hans Söhnker
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Henri Calef
Stars: Ginette Leclerc, Édouard Delmont, André Valmy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Pierre Chenal
Stars: Madeleine Sologne, Erich von Stroheim, Louis Salou
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Hans Wolff
Stars: Maria Montez, Massimo Serato, Hans Söhnker
Adventure | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A beautiful tavern-keeper finds herself getting caught up in a war between Italy and Turkey.

Director: John Brahm
Stars: Maria Montez, Paul Hubschmid, Massimo Serato
The Exile (1947)
Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Charles II, the King of England, finds himself in exile in Holland, where he falls in love with a beautiful farm-girl.

Director: Max Ophüls
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Maria Montez, Rita Corday
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Christina de Rinck
...
Eric
...
Martha
...
Fabius / Jean
...
Fred (as Dalio)
Marcel Dieudonné ...
Prosper
Les Fratellini ...
Eux-même
Jules Berry ...
Pfeiffer
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 November 1949 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Portrait of an Assassin  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In an interview, Orson Welles said that he and Charles Lederer were hired by the producers to rewrite the script. They wrote a new script in just a few weeks, but the producers didn't use it, didn't make the last payment on their salaries, and on top of that, sued them. See more »

Quotes

Fabius: I couldn't exactly strangle my motorcycle.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Let me ride on the wall of death one more time....
1 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

...You can waste your time on the other rides

But this is the nearest to being alive

Oh let me take my chances on the wall of death .

(Richard Thompson)

This is a mysterious film.The precedent user was cross cause they did not mention Maria Montez's name on the DVD or video cassette release.He must realize that it's aimed at the French market and in France ,who remembers this beautiful but limited (at least to my eyes)actress?

The French cast is a dream:first it was Arletty's comeback;after the problems she had in 1945,and the unfinished Carné's "la Fleur de l'Age,it was the first film she had made since "les Enfants du Paradis".The male cast is exciting too:Erich Von Stroheim,and two other Carné's favorites ,Pierre Brasseur and Jules Berry.

The subject is original.Brasseur portrays a stunt-man who rides his motorbike on the wall of death .He's married to Martha whose love is strong and true but he has come to hate her:he tries to kill her in the first sequence! But Martha forgives and she delivers a wonderful line"For once,the victim also provides the alibi".

Enter manager Montez:she wants the acrobat to work on a larger scale and she asks an engineer (Marcel Dalio ,who was in "la règle du jeu" and "Casablanca" )to build a huge track where the man will perform a terrifying looping the loop.

The script lacks sometimes rigor and Von Stroheim's character -a disabled man ,after working for Montez- repeats more or less the same lines every time he appears.On the other hand, Bernard-Roland perfectly captured the fair/circus atmosphere.He even hired the Fratellinis ,a famous clowns family.

Probably influenced by Carné and Duvivier,the director continued the Realisme Poétique of the pré-war years and its pessimism .He could have been a heir to that tradition,as contemporary Yves Allégret was.But he essentially worked for TV.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Song from the Film? wglenn
Discuss Portrait d'un assassin (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?