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Joë Caligula - Du suif chez les dabes (1969)

A young crook called Joë Caligula and his crew make war on a Parisian gang.

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Gérard Blain ...
Joë Caligula
Jeanne Valérie ...
Brigitte
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Ariane
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Junie
Maria Vincent ...
Léa
Kim ...
Paul
Jean-Jacques Daubin ...
Alexandre (as Daubin)
Pierre Senor ...
Jean
Marcel Gassouk ...
Antoine (as Gassouk)
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A group of brash hard young men from Marseille moves to Pigalle, Paris, and starts knocking over jewelry shops, gas stations, road houses and bistros - wearing wraparound sunglasses and brandishing Luger pistols and Sten guns, bistros in their efforts to conquer part of the violent and brutal criminal underworld until then «owned» by the established criminal organization. They spend time torturing, killing and intimidating the old generation of gangsters and their molls, until they either pay up or die. They hang out at strip joints where the girls do it slowly - to the tune of "I'm Evil". For kicks they watch their sexy molls fight it out in vicious apartment cat-fights where the loser pays the penalty of getting sliced up the back with a stiletto knife. The gang is led by Joë Silverstein ('GERARD BLAIN') nicknamed Caligula, who like the Roman emperor, is an amoral psychopath, image-conscious, sadist, and sickly in love with Brigitte ('JEANNE VALERIE'), his younger sister. At first, ... Written by Artemis-9

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If John Ford is Homer, then José Bénazéraf is... Marcel Proust.

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8 January 1969 (France)  »

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sparkling black and white
29 January 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Splendid, sparkling black and white widescreen crime caper from Jose Benazeraf. Occasionally resembling a US 'roughie' this is a stylised Movie with, very much, the look of the french new wave. Surprisingly violent with some battle between a bunch of cool kids and the more established crooks and pimps. Whole scenes seem to suddenly jump into action as the cool ones leap into poses. There is a great scene where they dance to a juke box and another when apropos nothing one of the girls imitates a shop window mannequin as she walks by. Always great looking, ever violent, sometimes amusing this also has some wonderful cabaret and striptease sequences. A little uneven and fades towards the end but quite a find and much recommended view.


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