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Un témoin dans la ville (1959)

Industrialist Pierre Verdier kills his mistress Jeanne Ancelin by throwing her off a train. Her husband, Ancelin, decides to take revenge on his wife's murderer, who has been acquitted by ... See full summary »

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Ancelin
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Liliane
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Lambert - le radio-taxi de nuit (as Franco Fabrizzi)
Jacques Berthier ...
Pierre Verdier
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Le client du taxi italien
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Raymond - un chauffeur de taxi
Jacques Jouanneau ...
Le loueur de voitures
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Germaine - une radio taxi
Ginette Pigeon ...
Muriel - la prostituée
Janine Darcey ...
La propriétaire de l'hôtel
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Jeanne Ancelin
Geneviève Cluny ...
La speakerine
Joëlle Janin ...
Une standardiste
Nicole Alexandra ...
Une standardiste
Claire Nicole ...
Une standardiste
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Industrialist Pierre Verdier kills his mistress Jeanne Ancelin by throwing her off a train. Her husband, Ancelin, decides to take revenge on his wife's murderer, who has been acquitted by justice. He waits for him in his house and hangs him. He leaves the place unseen, at least this is what he thinks. But unfortunately for him, Lambert, a taxi driver has witnessed him. Ancelin has no option but to get rid of him... Written by Guy Bellinger

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6 May 1959 (France)  »

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Witness in the City  »

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French visa # 21311 delivered on 27-4-1959. See more »

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Referenced in 'El Chicko' - der Verdacht (1997) See more »

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Ambiance Pourpre
Written by Barney Wilen
Performed by Barney Wilen Quintet
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Agreeable dose of Melville-lite.
21 June 2000 | by (dublin, ireland) – See all my reviews

Excellent, very entertaining cat-and-mouse thriller, as an avenging husband (the incomparable Lino Ventura) tries to kill a witness to a murder. In its spare monochrome Decae photography, cool jazz soundtrack, nocturnal settings, focus on elaborate plot mechanics, and privileging of an unlovely outsider, the film is reminiscent of Melville. The 'villain' is only responding to a vicious circle of transgression and injustice, and his plight becomes an allegory for the lonely outsider locked out of a conformist society. The rigorous purity of Melville's aesthetic is softened by romance and comedy, but these only intensify the sense of impending tragedy.


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