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Three Days to Live (1957)

Trois jours à vivre (original title)
| Crime, Drama | 1963 (Italy)
Simon Belin is an actor touring the provinces with his company. Although talented he has never been given the opportunity to shine on stage. It is always Bérimont, a matinée idol past his ... See full summary »

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Simon Belin
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Jeanne Fortin
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Lino Ferrari
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Inspector Segalier
Albert Augier ...
Dédé
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Charlie Bianchi
Roland Armontel ...
Alexandre Bérimont
Joëlle Bernard ...
Mauricette
Moustache ...
Davros
Robert Rollis ...
Lucien Morisot
Evelyne Rey ...
Bélina
Jannick Arvel ...
Thérese
Jacques Marin ...
Le gendarme
Jean Toulout ...
Président des Assises
Jean-Marie Rivière ...
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Simon Belin is an actor touring the provinces with his company. Although talented he has never been given the opportunity to shine on stage. It is always Bérimont, a matinée idol past his best, who gets the lead roles. One day however, Simon is witness to a murder. Subjected to the pressure of justice, of his agent and of his own wish for publicity, he identifies a suspect, Ferrari, without being certain he is the real culprit. Singled out by his action he becomes the toast of the town.Overnight he replaces Bérimont as the star of the play. But Ferrari, who had been sentenced to twenty years in prison, escapes and threatens him ; from now on he has ... three days to live. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Daniel Gélin is a witness against Lino Ventura, who then wants revenge
27 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Trois jours à vivre" (1957) is a different kind of film noir, one that is set in the world of the stage and its backstage, but one that mixes that world and the world outside it so thoroughly that they merge.

Daniel Gélin is a secondary actor in a traveling company who witnesses a murder. He identifies Lino Ventura as the killer and Ventura goes to jail for 20 years, vowing both his innocence and revenge upon Gélin.

Gélin is advantaged by the publicity, securing his advance to a feature position. Jeanne Moreau and he are lovers, she being a steadying influence on an actor subject to fits of jealousy, spite and insecurity. Their world is tossed upside down when Ventura escapes after 6 months and Gélin fears for his life after Ventura phones him and tells him he has but three days to live.

The consequences of Ventura's vendetta and Gélin's attempts to blunt it play out in unexpected ways as the film ramps up its noir credentials. Along the way, the love of Moreau and Gélin is put to tests as are Gélin's courage/cowardice and his devotion.

This noir requires some patience. It's rather static and dialog dense. Much of the dialog is taken up with stage rivalries. Important action occurs out of sight. However, the intertwined realities and lines delivered by Gélin enrich the story. His character is built in great detail, and Gélin's performance is top-notch. Moreau's role adds very greatly to the story as well, and her acting matches Gélin's in quality. Ventura's presence in the last half of the movie is another very big plus. The patience pays off.


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