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Pasha (1968)
"Le pacha" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  14 March 1968 (France)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Comissaire Joss, le Pacha
Dany Carrel ...
André Pousse ...
Louis Arbessier ...
Le directeur chez Boucheron
Robert Dalban ...
Inspecteur Gouvion
Maurice Garrel ...
Pierre Koulak ...
Marcel le Coréen
Pierre Leproux ...
Frédéric de Pasquale ...
André Weber ...
Yves Arcanel ...
Un inspecteur de la Police Judiciaire
Maurice Auzel ...
Un homme de la bande à Émile
Yves Barsacq ...
Médecin légiste


Six months before his retirement from the criminal police, inspector Joss finds his colleague Gouvion dead, in a poorly faked suicide attempt. Joss loses his temper, and investigates on his own, which leads him through the bas-fond of Paris... Written by Artemis-9

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14 March 1968 (France)  »

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A Noite Escaldante do Inspector Joss  »

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Requiem Pour Un Con...
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Written by Serge Gainsbourg
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Pretty good french gangster movie
20 February 2002 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Well, it may possibly not have aged that well, notably the story line, that's pretty linear, but this film nevertheless has a few decent assets.

First, the cast, granted you get Gabin playing lead, or rather freewheeling lead, but look at the rest of the cast : an impressive array of distinctive supporting actors, many of which can be spotted in many other films of the day, who do a spendid job in here, even when silent. For example, André Pousse has the perfect face for the ruthless gangster job he does in the movie.

Second asset is the mood, a sort of sticky, foggy, terribly square version of the late sixties. The final scene in a rundown factory is truly awesome. This atmosphere is enhanced by Serge Gainsbourg's splendidly sober score (Gainsbourg himself appears in one scene, singing the striking "Requiem pour un con"), based on mesmerising percussion loops (way ahead of its time) or very gentle hammond organ parts. Oh and one song by Brigitte Bardot ("Harley Davidson") is also featured as background to one scene.

Third, which can only be fully appreciated with a good command of French, is the script and dialogue, where Michel Audiard delivers some of his hilarious trademark one-liners, such as "le jour où on mettra les cons sur orbite, ben t'as pas fini de tourner" ["the day they'll put gits on orbit, you'll be far from stopping to revolve"], which rely on slang and adequate delivery to give an unmistakable texture to the lines.

The only real downers here are the embarrassingly "hip" nightclub scenes, complete with sitar-laden raga-rock, that are pretty unwatchable to today's standards.

Last point : it's pretty violent for its time, but in an almost choreographed way, which could in a way evoke "Spaghetti" Westerns or Sam Peckinpah's work...

An enjoyable slice of 1960s french cinema, simply does the job.

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