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The Gypsy (1975)
"Le gitan" (original title)

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Hugo Sennart is a French Gypsy, wanted by the police for theft. The same inspector who's searching for him is also looking for a jewel thief, Yan Kuq, whose wife has died under suspicious ... See full summary »

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Hugo Sennart, Le Gitan
Paul Meurisse ...
Yan Kuq
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Ninie
Marcel Bozzuffi ...
Policeman Blot
Bernard Giraudeau ...
Mareuil
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Jo Amila, dit "Jo le boxeur"
Maurice Barrier ...
Jacques Helman
Maurice Biraud ...
Pierrot le naïf
Nicolas Vogel ...
Jeannot
Michel Fortin ...
Marcel
Pierre Danny ...
Riquet
Adolfo Lastretti ...
A brother Rinaldi
Rino Bolognesi ...
A brother Rinaldi
Jacques Rispal ...
Docteur J. Weiss, le vétérinaire
Mario David ...
Bob
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Hugo Sennart is a French Gypsy, wanted by the police for theft. The same inspector who's searching for him is also looking for a jewel thief, Yan Kuq, whose wife has died under suspicious circumstance just after a major burglary. The Gypsy needs to settle a few scores and make one more heist before going to ground, and, by coincidence, his path takes him close to Yan, who's hiding in the hotel of a close friend and former lover, Ninie. The Gypsy lives by a code of honor, which puts him at risk on occasion; and he despises those who treat his people as worse than dogs. The police close in. Is there honor among thieves? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Gypsy wanted man Alain Delon crosses paths with sophisticated criminal, Paul Meurisse
29 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Le Gitan" is a good noir-policier, written and directed by Jose Giovanni, whose work always has substance, and this one is co-produced by Alain Delon, who also plays "The Gypsy".

The title accurately tells what the story is about, a gypsy, his feelings, his life, and his people. The story has scenes done realistically among real gypsies, their camp, and their children. Most of the story is about the robberies of Delon and his companions and how their paths cross with a very different kind of man, a safecracker played by Paul Meurisse.

Delon reunites here with Renato Salvatori. They were two of the brothers in "The Brothers Rocco". Marcel Bozzufi plays the inspector of police who is after Delon and suspects Meurisse too of a jewel theft.

It makes for an interesting story, taken fairly leisurely with both men having time to reflect on their lives.

The gypsy way of life is shown sympathetically as under pressure. Delon is the old way, out of doors, in nature, nomadic, part of a tribe or clan. By the end of the movie, he is left alone with this as the caravan of campers departs. There is a strong contrast between his first interaction with a young boy fishing and how he can learn out of school, and the final scene in which he sends the gypsy boy to school.

Delon's crimes are to rob the state. Meurisse robs the rich. Delon lives hand to mouth. Meurisse lives with a nice well-equipped apartment with all the conveniences like a coffee maker. The contrasts and their interactions add interest.

I felt Giovanni made a good effort, but without hitting a home run on this one. Still a good movie. It's worth remembering that a man is as good as his best work, and no one does his best work all the time.


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