1919: le lieutenant André Laroche est en convalescence pour une blessure qu'il a essuyée alors qu'il était aviateur pendant la guerre mondiale. A l'hôpital, il fit la connaissance de la ...
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Arsène Lupin, the multifaceted gentleman thief, steals two masterpieces from the President of the Council. Some time later, posing as Monsieur Gilles, a winegrower who is marrying his only ... See full summary »
A shimmering glass hotel at the top of a remote Provençal mountain provides the setting for a tragicomic tapestry about an obsessive love pentangle, whose principals range from an artist to... See full summary »
Two bank robbers hold the clerks hostage and demand 3 million German marks as ransom. What the police do not realise is that the true criminal mastermind watches them from outside the bank, anticipating every move.
André Laroche, an industrialist, has just passed away. Face to his grave, as he is being buried, Anne de Vierne, the wife of a magistrate, confesses to her son François that Laroche was in ... See full summary »
1919: le lieutenant André Laroche est en convalescence pour une blessure qu'il a essuyée alors qu'il était aviateur pendant la guerre mondiale. A l'hôpital, il fit la connaissance de la belle Aurélia Valéano, une roumaine, et entre les deux une sympathie naît. Puisqu'il estime d'être guéri, André s'en va et La Ballu arrive à le convaincre à reprendre son ancienne profession. Laroche, en effet, est le célèbre Arsène Lupin. Mais Lupin est utilisé par La Ballu et il se retrouve impliqué malgré lui dans la recherche du trésor de l'ordre de la toison d'or, disputé entre France et Empire austro-hongrois. Written by
Baldinotto da Pistoia
I found "Signé: Arsène Lupin" (1959) to be a charming film, very nicely put together and, it now occurs to me, having some krimi flavor. The film looks great in widescreen black and white, using locations to advantage. While the Lupin character is generally witty and light-hearted, this film generally does not interject comic relief of the obvious sort, no buffoons and that is good. I was familiar with Alida Valli, of course, but really no one else. The male leads projected their characters well. They are first Robert Lamoureux as Lupin, a confident, clever, bold non-violent thief who steals from only the undeserving rich stuffed shirts. He has eluded police for years under another identity. Upon returning from war in 1919, he is confronted with thefts of Flemish paintings being done under his name. This simply will not do! He sets out to deal with the theft ring.
Lupin's butler is played by Jacques Dufilho, an efficient, loyal and formidable assistant. Lupin has a foe in Yves Robert who directed this film. A young man with a vast knowledge of Lupin has penned some articles about him, and he's played by Roger Dumas.
I've seen this film classified as noir, and it does just about make it into that category. However, the story is more buoyant than most noir. tales.
The movie has a number of well-turned and delightful sequences that involve tight spots and escapes and a puzzle that Lupin solves.
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