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In Paris during the summer of 1914 a succession of brief liaisons begins and ends with a soldier and a tart, but on the way moves humourously and sometimes poignantly through a fascinating panorama of society and of attitudes to love.
French filmmaker Rene Clement presents Alan Delon as a petty criminal on the run from the underground. On the Rivera, he seeks refuge in a flophouse whose soup line is served by Jane Fonda and Lola Albright. The two women move him to a Gothic mansion owned by Albright, a millionaires with a Salvation Army complex. Fonda, her cousin, is hot for him and repeatedly attempts to seduce him while someone is attempting to poison him; and his murderous former associates have got wind of his whereabouts. Written by
Despite the naysayers, I count "Les Felins" among my all-time favorites. Hey, we're talking of a thriller that was made over 40 years ago ! Lalo Schiffrin's introductory bass riff is as suspenseful as it is masterful.
The actors may not have been at their best in 1964 but IMHO they still did a helluva good job with the plot (French Riviera playboy Delon seduces Mob boss' wife; he tells his men, "Bring me back his head!"; Delon is forced into hiding and ends up a prisoner of the sexy ladies who help him escape the Mob.
I have not seen the English version but would like to get a copy of the French version with English subtitles.
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