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Director:
Writers:
François-Eugène Vidocq (memoirs)
Pitof (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 September 2001 (Belgium) See more »
Tagline:
The underworld has surfaced... See more »
Plot:
Paris. 1830. In the heart of the town, Vidocq, a famous detective, disappeared as he fights the Alchemist... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
7 wins & 2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(2 articles)
Afm 2013: Pitof Gets Twisted Online
 (From Dread Central. 7 November 2013, 9:00 AM, PST)

Granier in as Pathe unit head
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 10 October 2002)

User Reviews:
Beautiful, dark, atmospheric See more (68 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Gérard Depardieu ... Vidocq

Guillaume Canet ... Etienne Boisset

Inés Sastre ... Préah

André Dussollier ... Lautrennes

Edith Scob ... Sylvia

Moussa Maaskri ... Nimier
Jean-Pierre Gos ... Tauzet
Isabelle Renauld ... Marine Lafitte
Jean-Pol Dubois ... Belmont
André Penvern ... Veraldi
Gilles Arbona ... Lafitte
Jean-Marc Thibault ... Leviner
François Chattot ... Froissard
Elsa Kikoïne ... La muette
Fred Ulysse ... Le vieux souffleur
Luc-Antoine Diquéro ... Le journaliste
Akonio Dolo ... Gandin
Nathalie Bécue ... La Matrone
Pierre Macherez ... Soldat Invalides (as Pierre Marcherez)
Michel Lefèvre ... Le cocher
Dominique Zardi ... Ouvrier souffleur
Cyril Casmèze
Juliette Degenne
Fanny Gilles
Barbara Kelsch (as Barbara Klesch)
Stéphanie Laurendeau
Jean-Pierre Marceau
Bernard Métreaux
Xavier Plutus

Karen Strassman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Noa Lindberg ... Une vierge (uncredited)
Eléonore Stern ... Une vierge (uncredited)
Céline Varin ... Une courtisane (uncredited)

Directed by
Pitof 
 
Writing credits
François-Eugène Vidocq (memoirs)

Pitof (screenplay)

Jean-Christophe Grangé (screenplay)

Produced by
Dominique Farrugia .... producer
Olivier Granier .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Bruno Coulais 
 
Cinematography by
Jean-Pierre Sauvaire 
Jean-Claude Thibaut 
 
Film Editing by
Thierry Hoss 
 
Casting by
Brigitte Moidon 
 
Production Design by
Jean Rabasse 
 
Art Direction by
Hervé Gallet 
 
Set Decoration by
Fabien Belinguier 
Françoise Benoît-Fresco 
Jean Rabasse 
 
Costume Design by
Carine Sarfati 
 
Makeup Department
Frédérique Arguello .... hair stylist
Christophe Chabenet .... special makeup effects artist
Agathe Dupuis .... key hair stylist
Geraldine Garetier .... makeup artist
Denis Gastou .... key special effects makeup
Christophe Giraud .... makeup artist
Marie-Pierre Hattabi .... hair stylist
Frédéric Lainé .... special makeup effects artist
Kuno Schlegelmilch .... hair stylist
Kuno Schlegelmilch .... makeup artist
Jean-Christophe Spadaccini .... key special makeup effects
 
Production Management
Marc Cohen .... assistant unit manager
Sylvestre Guarino .... production manager
Arnaud Mathey-Dreyfus .... additional production manager assistant
Nicolas Ploux .... unit manager trainee
Marion Transetti .... production supervisor
Philippe Tricard .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sandra Dalle .... second assistant director
Matthieu de la Mortière .... second assistant director
Barbara Dupont .... third assistant director
Patricia Eberhard .... assistant director
Thierry Mauvoisin .... assistant director
Emmanuel Murat .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Philippe Auclaire .... construction manager
Yann Biquand .... second assistant decorator
Thomas Broyon .... swing gang
Pierre Duboisberranger .... assistant art director
Virginie Hernvann .... assistant art director
Fabien Lacaf .... storyboard artist
Catherine Pierrat .... set dressing buyer
Thierry Poulet .... painter
Stéphane Richaud .... construction grip
Nathalie Roubaud .... assistant art director
Patricia Ruelle .... painter
Gilles Ségurel .... property master
Simon Tric .... painter
Nicolas Vrancken .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Vincent Arnardi .... sound re-recording mixer
Selim Azzazi .... sound editor
Christophe Colson .... sound designer
Edouard d'Heucqueville .... sound mix technician
Cedric Denooz .... sound designer
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Laurent Kossayan .... sound designer
François Lepeuple .... foley artist
Guillaume Leriche .... foley editor
Guillaume Leriche .... sound re-recording mixer
Vincent Mauduit .... sound designer: alchimist moves
Brigitte Taillandier .... sound
Igor Thomas-Gerard .... dialogue editor
Jacques Thomas-Gérard .... sound mixer: adr
 
Special Effects by
Benoît Bechet .... effects trainee
Noel Chainbaux .... special effects assistant
Olivier Marais .... special effects
Jacques-Olivier Molon .... sculptor
Julien Poncet de la Grave .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Nicolas Aithadi .... digital artist: RF2K
Thierry Ardiller .... digital compositor
Jérôme Arthuis .... grading coordinator
Cyrille Bonjean .... digital effects artist
Gaëlle Bossis .... digital artist
Myriam Catrin .... digital artist
Rodolphe Chabrier .... visual effects artist
Bertrand Cordier .... lighting technical director: Mac Guff Ligne
Neal Dan .... roto artist
Stéphanie Dargent .... matte painter
Xavier de L'Hermuzière .... digital artist
Jerome Desvignes .... digital artist
Delphine Domer .... visual effects coordinator
Franck Dorat .... 3D supervisor
François Dupuy .... digital transfers
Jerome Fournier .... matte painting leader
Pascal Giroux .... visual effects supervisor
Raphael Hattab .... digital artist
Chia-Chi Hu .... digital color timer
Abdel Ali Kassou .... digital transfers
David Klett .... digital artist
Didier le Fouest .... colorist
Stéphanie Machuret .... senior digital compositor: Mac Guff Ligne
Frederic Medioni .... digital artist
Jean-Francois Michelas .... digital compositor
Didier Muenza .... technical artist
Dan Neal .... roto artist
Benoit Philippon .... digital effects artist
Bruno Pierron .... visual effects artist
Olivier Poujaud .... 2D visual effects supervisor
Sebastien Rame .... digital compositor
Jean-Paul Rovela .... digital artist: RF2K
Simon Thomas .... digital effects artist
Salvador Zalvidea .... digital compositor
Veronique Zylberfain .... matte artist
 
Stunts
Affif Ben Badra .... stunts (as Afif Benbadra)
Daniel Breton .... stunts
William Cagnard .... stunts
Michel Carliez .... stunt coordinator
Gaëlle Cohen .... stunts
Gilles Conseil .... stunts
Yves Girard .... stunt double
Albert Goldberg .... stunts
Christian Hening .... stunts
Philippe Lazoore .... stunts
Patrick Médioni .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alessandro Brambilla .... Steadicam operator
Alessandro Brambilla .... camera operator
David Campbell .... crane operator: Technocrane
Emmanuel de Fleury .... second assistant camera
Vladimir Duranovic .... grip
Vincent Gallot .... second assistant camera
Vincent Muller .... assistant camera
Vincent Muller .... focus puller
Lionel Perrin .... first assistant camera: extra unit
Lionel Perrin .... focus puller
Vincent Richard .... electrician
Jean-Claude Thibaut .... camera operator
 
Animation Department
Marc Caro .... character designer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Janet Latimer .... costumer
Valérie Le Hello .... costumer
Michèle Pezzin .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Nicolas Criqui .... digital conformation
Catherine Macresy .... first assistant editor
Catherine Macresy .... on-line editor
Catherine Macresy .... post-production coordinator
Catherine Macresy .... supervising editor
Philippe Reinaudo .... digital intermediate technical director
Emmanuelle Zelez .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Bruno Coulais .... orchestrator
Clair Marlo .... song
 
Other crew
Jean-François Abbate .... assistant location manager
Alberto Abraham Amar .... production services manager
Ludovic Beurton .... assistant location manager
Christophe Chauveau .... location scout
Corinne Devaux .... choreographer
Marie-Noëlle Hauville .... production accountant
Yann Megard .... assistant to art director
 
Thanks
Jean-Pierre Jeunet .... special thanks
Cyril Pichard .... thanks
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies
  • CNSO Studios  Czech National Symphony Orchestra, recording studio

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq" - USA (DVD title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, sexual content, nudity and some drug material
Runtime:
98 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Originally Daniel Auteuil was set to play Vidocq, but ran into a scheduling conflict when the movie's production was postponed.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Symphony No. 29 KV 201See more »

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18 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, dark, atmospheric, 19 June 2002
Author: Sentinel-15 from Antwerp, Belgium

Spectacular supernatural thriller set in Paris in the year 1830. The movie looks and feels like "Se7en" meets "The City of Lost Children". The film stars well-known French actor Gerard Depardieu as Eugène Vidocq, a former criminal turned detective. Vidocq really existed, and may well have invented the private eye business as we know it. While the man was real, this story however, is fictional, involving a series of bizarre murders and a mysterious character who wears a mask that reflects like a mirror.

The movie is reportedly the first film recorded with a digital camera (the same equipment used in Star Wars Ep. II, reportedly) resulting in crystal-clear images. Not only that, but many of the scenes were digitally enhanced, giving the movie a surreal feel, not dissimilar to some other oddball French movies like the aforementioned "City of Lost Children" (at least some of the same people were involved in the production design of both, so that may not be surprising).

Some of the action scenes are quite spectacular; in a few scenes, we see Vidocq take on the masked/cloaked villain, and comparisons to both both "The Matrix" and SW Ep. I suddenly seem inevitable. This is not to say this movie is a rip-off - no, far from it. It's a joy to behold.

Also, the movie has a good soundtrack; dark & heavy, fitting the movie's subject matter, and reminding me of the soundtracks of movies like "Batman" & "Bram Stoker's Dracula".

This is one movie well worth checking out. Highly recommended.

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