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Nous sommes tous des assassins (1952)

 -  Drama  -  8 January 1957 (USA)
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Rene is not a bright guy. He was taught to kill by the Resistance. But the WW2 is over and he keeps on killing. He is condemned to death. In jail, expecting the presidential pardon, he mets... See full summary »

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Marcel Mouloudji ...
René Le Guen
Raymond Pellegrin ...
Gino Bollini
Antoine Balpêtré ...
Dr. Albert Dutoit
Julien Verdier ...
Bauchet
Claude Laydu ...
Philippe Arnaud
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Michel Le Guen
Jacqueline Pierreux ...
Yvonne Le Guen (version française)
Lucien Nat ...
L'avocat général
Louis Arbessier ...
L'avocat du tribunal pour enfants
René Blancard ...
Albert Pichon
Léonce Corne ...
Le colonel instructeur
Henri Crémieux ...
L'avocat de Bauchet
Jean Daurand ...
Girard, l'homme dans la cabine téléphonique
Yvonne de Bray ...
La chiffonnière
Guy Decomble ...
Un inspecteur
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Rene is not a bright guy. He was taught to kill by the Resistance. But the WW2 is over and he keeps on killing. He is condemned to death. In jail, expecting the presidential pardon, he mets other condemned men. An anti-capital punishment drama, written and directed by a former lawyer. Written by Yepok

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Authoritative French capital punishment indictment.
18 April 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Though his later color RISQUES DU METIER and LE VERDICT come close, this is the best of lawyer/film maker Cayatte's ciné-tracts, a grim, plausible and involving attack on the guillotining of prisoners. With a few digressions (AMANTS DU VERONNE, CHEMINS DE KHATMANDOU) the director devoted his career to the iniquities of the French legal system and French society reflected by it. Imagine a preachier, French Sidney Lumet.

A disparate group of prisoners lie in the condemned cell, waiting in the dark to be dragged to their execution. Only when the sun comes up do they sleep.Pellegrin is the nearest thing to a star, though Balpêtre is a familiar character face (Le COURBEAU) who was in JOURNAL D'UN CURÉ DE COMPAGNE with Claude Leydu. We get their back stories but the inhuman prison routine is far more involving.

This is a deeply disturbing film, probably the most convincing of the Cayatte collection, and it works as rather severe entertainment too. It certainly should be more widely seen. Imagine this on a double with the Yilmaz Guney film LE MUR which covers the same ground.


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