CRIME ON A SUMMER MORNING (Jacques Deray, 1965) **1/2
The first half of this crime thriller, involving a kidnapping and based on a novel by James Hadley Chase, is generally light-hearted - but then it turns serious when the criminals fall out and two of them end up dead!
In itself, unremarkable but enjoyable, benefiting from the crisp photography of its sun-drenched countryside locations and a fine cast - Jean-Paul Belmondo, Adolfo Celi, Geraldine Chaplin (in her film debut!), Gabriele Ferzetti, Georges Geret (from Luis Bunuel's DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID ) and Akim Tamiroff.
Still, perhaps the most striking presence in the film is that of Sophie Daumier (whom I hadn't recognized from the Spaghetti Western I watched recently, FORT YUMA GOLD !) as Belmondo's sexy sister, and with whom she shares an unreserved complicity hinting at an incestuous relationship - though this being an old-fashioned black-and-white film, the matter isn't taken any further than that!!
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