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Back to the Wall (1958)

Le dos au mur (original title)
A wealthy industrialist discovers his wife is having an affair and decides to exact revenge by blackmailing her under an assumed identity.

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Yves Normand
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Ghislaine
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Mario
George Cusin
Robert Bazil
Jean Degrave ...
Le bijoutier
Richard Francoeur ...
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Françoise Honorat
Joëlle Janin
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Marguerite Lorne
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Jacques Mancier
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Jacques Decrey, an industrialist, finds out that his wife Gloria has a lover. Posing as a man named Berthier, he blackmails her. After a while, Decrey decides to make Yves Normand, a young unemployed actor and Gloria's lover, out to be the blackmailer. But doing so he has set off an infernal machine... Written by Guy Bellinger

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A most unusual case of unadulterated mystery set in present day Paris. No one will be seated during the last 30 minutes! See more »

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7 March 1958 (France)  »

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FRF 80,000,000 (estimated)
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Referenced in World by Night (1960) See more »

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23 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

Released at the same time as "ascenseur pour l'échafaud" ,both featuring the same actress (Jeanne Moreau),but unlike Louis Malle's work,not labelled "nouvelle vague" "le dos au mur" has enough assets to catch the viewer's attention:outside Moreau,a screenplay adapted from a Frederic Dard 's Novel,with an action packed ending,and the desperate mood we find in every Dard-inspired film noir :such Moreau lines as "I could not live without him anymore,but I could not stand life without him "is the hero's only solace before his fate is sealed.

Gerard Oury who would direct such French blockbusters as "le corniaud" (1964) and "la grande vadrouille" (1966) is not much of an actor and his part should have been given to Robert Hossein,the par excellence Dard actor.Besides ,the screenplay which uses the long flashback one more time(one too many) laboriously progresses in the first half,with a much too slow pace.Worth a try all the same.


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