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L'étrange Monsieur Steve (1957)

Georges Villard is a modest bank employee who dreams of earning more money so that he can live more comfortably. When Monsieur Steve offers him a chance to do just that he accepts without a... See full summary »

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Florence
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Georges Villard
Armand Mestral ...
M. Stève
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Denis
Anouk Ferjac ...
Mireille
Jacques Varennes ...
Arthur - le valet de chambre
Paulette Simonin ...
Thérèse, la femme de chambre
Robert Rollis ...
André
Raphaël Patorni
Allain Dhurtal ...
Le directeur
Paul Faivre ...
Un client
Jacqueline Doyen
Nicolas Amato
Jacques Richard ...
Un journaliste
André Saint-Luc
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Georges Villard is a modest bank employee who dreams of earning more money so that he can live more comfortably. When Monsieur Steve offers him a chance to do just that he accepts without a moment's hesitation, partly because he wants to be near to Steve's woman, Florence. However, Georges knows there will be a catch.

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Bank clerk becomes tool of bank robbers
13 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"L'étrange Monsieur Steve" (1957) is a solid film noir. This is one that has been overlooked by John Grant, so presumably it is not at all well-known. It's very good. It even features Jeanne Moreau and Lino Ventura in substantial roles. The two male leads are handled by Armand Mestral as "Stève" and Philippe Lemaire as "Georges". Mestral is a thief who leads a gang wherever a feasible robbery opportunity appears. Lemaire is a bank clerk whom he blackmails into cooperating with him to rob the bank. Subsequently, Lemaire finds himself changing and moving more willingly into shady activities; we see two more of the gang's schemes executed. Lemaire likes the money and sees it as a way to escape, but even more does he love Moreau who initially seduced him away from his current amour, Anouk Ferjac. Mestral's threatening goon, Lino Ventura, also is present at all times to coerce Lemaire into doing Mestral's bidding.

This movie features Moreau being very fetching and seductive. We see Ventura as a heavy. Lemaire has the interesting role in which his character changes, but not to an unbelievable extreme. The photography is not especially noir, but one sequence in the port of Le Havre qualifies. Mestral's character is smart, smooth, confident and controlling.

This is definitely another French noir worth seeing. The French film industry produced an abundant flow of noirs, especially in the 1950s and first part of the 60s; but that quantity did not reduce their quality.


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