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 »
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 »
Albert is an inn owner who vowed never to drink again if he and his wife survived the war. They did, and the reformed alcoholic keeps his vow. But times have changed and soon after the war,... See full summary »
For some time now, women coming home at night have been savagely murdered by a mysterious serial killer. Inspector Lagrume thinks he has found the culprit in the person of Barberot, a local... See full summary »
Charles (Jean Gabin), a sixtyish career criminal fresh out of jail, rejects his wife's plan for a quiet life of bourgeois respectability. He enlists a former cellmate, Francis (Alain Delon)... See full summary »
Claude is a Jew. Because of the risks of an arrest (France is occupied by the Nazis), his parents send him away to an elderly couple in the country. Pepe, the husband, is a Petain supporter... 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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