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Sinners of Paris (1958)

Rafles sur la ville (original title)
Le Fondu, a famous gangster, escapes from the hospital where he was detained, killing an inspector in the process. The colleague of the deceased inspector, Paul Vardier, vows to avenge him.... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Léonce Pozzi, dit "Le Fondu"
Cri Cri
Danik Patisson ...
Lucie Barot
L'inspecteur Vardier, de la P.J.
François Guérin ...
L'inspecteur Gilbert Barot, de la P.J.
Marcel Mouloudji ...
Lucien Donati, dit "Le Niçois" (as Mouloudji)
Le commissaire divisionnaire Brevet, de la P.J.
Georges Vitray ...
L'inspecteur Albert taillis, de la P.J.
Alfred Goulin ...
Le gendarme à l'hôpital
Albert Dinan ...
Emile, un bistrot indicateur (as Émile Dinan)
Le fou (as Douking)
Marcel Lupovici ...
Auguste, dit "Gus"
La Marie, une prostituée
Un ami du Fondu


Le Fondu, a famous gangster, escapes from the hospital where he was detained, killing an inspector in the process. The colleague of the deceased inspector, Paul Vardier, vows to avenge him. The task seems hopeless: Le Fondu has disappeared without a trace and nobody has a clue about his hide-out. There is only one faint possibility left: coerce Le Fondu's nephew into becoming an informer. Paul gets assigned as buddy Gilbert Barot, fresh from the police academy, and whose alluring wife Lucie quickly arouses the interest of Paul. Paul is quickly led to play two dangerous games simultaneously seducing the wife of his colleague, and tracking with him Le Fondu, who himself does not remain inactive... Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@nokia.com>

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Desperate men and frightened women


Crime | Drama


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15 January 1958 (France)  »

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Sinners of Paris  »

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The film was adapted from an Auguste Le Breton novel. Itself fictionalized from the gangster Emile Buisson's rampage and killing carrier and his eventual capture by the French police. See more »

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one of the "two cops team " first movies.
15 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

Pierre Chenal's only claim to fame remains "le dernier tournant",(1939)historically the first version of "the postman always rings twice"(which will have three more versions).Therefore,the best of his work is to be found in the pre-war years,but even such works as "l'alibi" (1937,with Erich Von Stroheim) are dated now. And nobody seems to care about his chef d'oeuvre "la foire aux chimères"(1946).After an Argentinian career during the war,he came back to France to make undistinguished works the likes of "rafles sur la ville".The plot is very thin : an old and dangerous gangster (Vanel)is on the lam.Two cops are hot on his heels :this is the -relative- originality of the screen play;the two cops team will become a sub genre of the thriller in the last thirty years;and of course,two "different" cops:one is a tough guy(Michel Piccoli),the other one is humane and gives cigarettes to everyone around.Piccoli has a love affair with his colleague's wife -who is some Brigitte Bardot ersatz-. Vanel is betrayed by his lover -a Simone Signoret ersatz-.And that is what the film is : a film noir ersatz.

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