Albert is an inn owner who vowed never to drink again if he and his wife survived the war. They did, and the reformed alcoholic keeps his vow. But times have changed and soon after the war,... See full summary »
Two men, a painter and a poor guy, have to cross over Paris by night during World War II and to deliver black market meat. As they walk along dark Parisian streets, they encounter various ... 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 »
Those five are unemployed penniless workers. Together they win 100,000 Francs with the national lottery. Instead of sharing the money, they buy a ruin and build an open-air cafe. But ... See full summary »
Louis Bertain is the owner of a Paris garage which is the front for a robbery gang. He and his accomplices are careful to keep up a civic veneer by day, indulging in criminal activities ... 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 »
Denys De La Patellière was never much of a director but ,who could be wrong with a cast including Gabin,Pierre Brasseur,Jean Dessailly,Bernard Blier and many more? The cast and credits introduce the characters,à la Sacha Guitry:these persons are VIPS,proud of their Legion D'Honneur or of being part of high society,academies and the whole shebang.Then we attend the funeral of the old "poet" of the family (who wrote sonnets for Sainte Blandine but did enjoy saucy games),during which the priest insists that the Lord moves in mysterious ways and fortunately he did give the money to people who were good Christians (meaning :not to the riffraff).
With the exception of the son (and his wife) all the characters are hateful ;even the right-wing anarchist is a selfish false rebel and a despicable two-faced person.The boss,played by Gabin,is a self made man-though,in the only scene when he shows some humanity,he reveals his parents had five servants!-,who pushes people out of his way and cannot stand getting old: he lets his son manage one of his factories only to see him fail! Audiard's lines are full of bite;a propos of a general:"I'd never seen him in such a despair since June 1940,...when he lost his tin trunk!")
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