Mario, a young philanderer, receives 13 antique chairs in a bad state by inheritance and decides to sell off them to get some money. Afterwards he gets to know that one of them contains ... See full summary »
Small time crook Napoleone falls into an unlikely gang made up of a gangster, called The Baron, and his two cohorts, Agonia and The Captain, where Napoleone takes them to Rome where they ... See full summary »
Edward G. Robinson
A tough rich female ranch owner in Africa wants to cut off the water supply to the locals, since she holds them responsible for the murder of her husband. She hires two charming gunrunners as help but they suspect her shady competitor.
Louis Gossett Jr.,
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Sophisticated crook talks ex-crook and now respectable business man into one last caper. This highly planned and well executed crime goes off without a hitch until rival bad guys want a piece of the action.
This dreary Cold War adventure with tongue-in-cheek results in a misfire, despite interesting credentials: novel author James Hadley Chase (I hadn't quite realized just how many of his work has been adapted for the screen, particularly from the 50s through the 70s, albeit mostly French-made programmers such as this one), screenwriter Marc Behm (The Beatles' HELP! ), director Gessner (THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE ), composer Francois de Roubaix (LE SAMOURAI , DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS ), cast (a couple of lovely Godard alumni Mireille Darc and Giorgia Moll, Bunuel regular Claudio Brook here making an unsuitable leading man and, of course, Edward G. Robinson who's wasted). While occasionally sexy and featuring colorful locations, it's neither very thrilling nor very funny though being, mercifully, short enough to be palatable.
The only other film of Gessner's that I've watched is the similarly international though superior 12+1 (1969) based on the same source material as Mel Brooks' THE TWELVE CHAIRS (1970) and for which an equally eclectic cast had been assembled, including Sharon Tate (in her last role) and Orson Welles.
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