At 73, France's ex-president, Emile Beaufort, faces declining health, but he still plays a vigorous role behind the scenes as a philosopher and, potentially, as a power broker. In ... See full summary »
Six months before his retirement from the criminal police, inspector Joss finds his colleague Gouvion dead, in a poorly faked suicide attempt. Joss loses his temper, and investigates on his... See full summary »
"Le Dabe" retired many years ago and now he lives in the Tropics where he owns stables and horses. He is a very rich man. He was the king of all money counterfeiters. He is contacted from ... See full summary »
Courbevoie (France), 1971. Julien Bouin, a former typographist, and his wife Clemence, who used to perform in a circus, hardly talk to each other in their small house, soon to be demolished... See full summary »
Inspector Maigret is traveling to the French countryside to visit his friend, the duchess of Saint-Fiacre. She has received a letter recently stating that she will die soon. A few days ... See full summary »
Louis Bertain is the owner of a Paris garage which is the front for a robbery gang. He and his accomplices are careful to keep up a civic veneer by day, indulging in criminal activities ... See full summary »
Two men, a painter and a poor guy, have to cross over Paris by night during World War II and to deliver black market meat. As they walk along dark Parisian streets, they encounter various ... See full summary »
Ex-gangster Fernand (Lino Ventura) receives a call from a dying friend, a mob boss nicknamed "The Mexican". The doomed mobster talks Fernand into taking care of some criminal business and ... See full summary »
Near the Baie de la Seine swamps, opposite the Port of Le Havre, Auguste Maroilleur, an elderly farmer, exploits 400 hectares of crop land with the help of his family, over which he rules ... See full summary »
Saw this 8/26/15 in an unsubtitled version in French. Gabin offers a memorable take on aging aristocracy in a film released the same year as "Breathless". But where Godard's movie delights in the tacky, demotic, and the just plain sloppy, Gabin's baron never loses sight of who he is and what he stands for, whether mixing with cunning rustics after his boat breaks down (thus the title) or winning at the tables at Deauville. The baron is everything Melville's Bob Le Flambeur dreams of becoming at a similar stage of life. The machinery of the script hums along nicely, and it would be hard to ask for a more able cast Micheline Presle, Blanchette Brunoy, Jean Desailly, with the operation ably helmed by Jean Delannoy. The version I saw was clear, the photography evocative of a time and place long gone. Then again, that last comment applies to every aspect of the movie, a cinematic artifact I am grateful to have seen. Jean Gabin's Hollywood phase did not last too long, but it did give us his English language performance as Bobo in 1942's "Moontide". Micheline Presle made an impression on me when I saw her in "Les Jeux Sont Faits" (1947), scripted by Jean-Paul Sartre and directed by Delannoy.
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