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Jacques Cournot, a freelance skipper, is hired by Mr Hendrix in Santo Domingo, first of all to advise him regarding the acquisition of a sailing boat. After a thorough inspection of a prospective vessel, the "Dragoon", Cournot reports his positive appraisal to Mr Hendrix and initiates the negotiations with Mrs Osborne, the owner of the craft. Barely a couple of days later, Cournot finds himself in a bind as the police questions him about the exact kind of cruise he was supposed to organize for his principal. For the "Dragoon" is gone; Mr Hendrix has disappeared; Mrs Osborne is not aware of any deal; and the corpses of mysterious individuals, victims of a violent death, are found on the beaches of Santo Domingo. Written by
Eduardo Casais <firstname.lastname@example.org>
In French ,"passer l'arme à gauche" means "kicking the bucket".A fine title for a movie which has worn very well.This is Claude Sautet's second effort ,and while the screenplay does not equal that of his previous effort("classes tous risques") ,his firm directing , his excellent editing -which will be even better in following work "les choses de la vie"- ,his use of so-called B-movie actors (Ventura,Sylva Koscina and Leo Gordon),and above all,his honesty (the movie is now in English,now in French,sometimes in Spanish ,depending on the characters who are speaking,which is almost exceptional for the time)An excellent cinematography -numerous scenes at dawn or twilight which the black and white paradoxically enhances-,which works wonders because almost most of the story takes place on a boat and on a tiny island where the villains keep their weapons .
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