Henri, the Man from Nantes, comes back to his country after a successful stay in the United States, where he was working for Liski, the drug dealer. With the fame of being a tough guy ... See full summary »
Six months before his retirement from the criminal police, inspector Joss finds his colleague Gouvion dead, in a poorly faked suicide attempt. Joss loses his temper, and investigates on his... See full summary »
For some time now, women coming home at night have been savagely murdered by a mysterious serial killer. Inspector Lagrume thinks he has found the culprit in the person of Barberot, a local... See full summary »
Inspector Maigret is traveling to the French countryside to visit his friend, the duchess of Saint-Fiacre. She has received a letter recently stating that she will die soon. A few days ... See full summary »
"Le Dabe" retired many years ago and now he lives in the Tropics where he owns stables and horses. He is a very rich man. He was the king of all money counterfeiters. He is contacted from ... See full summary »
Rocco and his female accomplice, Angèle hijack a truck from a trucking company in the Saharan desert. The head of the trucking company, Castigliano hires Rocco's friend, Hervé and a newly ... See full summary »
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 »
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Henri, the Man from Nantes, comes back to his country after a successful stay in the United States, where he was working for Liski, the drug dealer. With the fame of being a tough guy preceding him, he sets himself to the task of knowing why the French operations were not so profitable - and soon he is master of all links of the organization. He can now get it honed to perfection - or destroy it. Only... the Police is following his every step! Is Henri what he says he is, or an undercover detective from the French police? Written by
I just saw this tonight on TFO (Télévision française en Ontario) in a pristine black and white print and a very hopped-up fake stereo soundtrack that gives extra presence to the jazz music, the nightclub atmosphere, the dialog and the sound effects. Everything about this little police story is modern: the camera movements, the naturalism of the interpretation, the Paris slang, the art of the narration, the atmosphere of the criminal milieu, the non-judgemental attitudes. You really feel like you are there. The actors are all superb: Lila Kedrova, Jean Gabin, Dalio, Magali Noël... It's films like these that make you realize that the so-called Nouvelle Vague was really a step backward and a failure on every level (especially the intellectual) besides being a monumental bore. The real dream-weavers and the real avant-garde were the so-called traditionalists like Decoin.
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