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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
Robert Dalban ...
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
Françoise Brion ...
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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Filmed with the co-operation of the 400 radio taxi drivers of Paris. See more »

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Referenced in La Dolce Vita (1960) See more »

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Préméditation Dans L'Appartement
Written by Barney Wilen
Performed by Barney Wilen Quintet
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the wondrous Lino Ventura plays the bad guy
11 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is an unusual French film from 1959, in that the wondrous Lino Ventura plays the bad guy and the 'Radio Taxi' outfit seem to play the police. Whilst this is a French homage to the US film noir, it still is very much its own with plenty of cafe stops, great night shots of Paris and perhaps unwisely and emphasis on humour rather than hard edged action, although there is some of that too. Always engaging, we see the immaculately organised Ventura do the dirty and then incredulously see him struggle to tie up one unfortunate loose end. I didn't feel that Ventura was comfortable as the baddie and he was not as convincing as he should have been so perhaps this is why his failings are almost treated as jokes. Uneven but certainly has some great moments and if the zoo scenes, at the end,don't quite work as well as they should, the absolute finale is a cracker.


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