1 user

In the Shadow of the Blue Rascal (1986)

À l'ombre de la canaille bleue (original title)
Necrocity, a city of nightly terrors and a place where even the authorities seem to reinforce this state of mayhem, as a way to impose cruel laws and the use of police brutality with ... See full summary »




Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The 'dreamer' is Jacques, a young painter, who by chance runs into Marthe as she's contemplating suicide on the Pont-Neuf in Paris. They talk, and agree to see each other again the next ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bresson
Stars: Isabelle Weingarten, Guillaume des Forêts, Jean-Maurice Monnoyer
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Recovering from an attempted suicide, a man is selected to participate in a time travel experiment that has only been tested on mice. A malfunction in the experiment causes the man to ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Resnais
Stars: Claude Rich, Olga Georges-Picot, Anouk Ferjac
Necropolis (1970)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Bizarre Art Movie which purports to be a 'statement about life'. The longer 120 minutes 35mm. version includes bloody Countess Elizabeth Bathory (here called Marthory), the Frankenstein ... See full summary »

Director: Franco Brocani
Stars: Nicoletta Machiavelli, Tina Aumont, Pierre Clémenti
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Blaise Starrett is a rancher at odds with homesteaders when outlaws hold up the small town. The outlaws are held in check only by their notorious leader, but he is diagnosed with a fatal wound and the town is a powder keg waiting to blow.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Robert Ryan, Burl Ives, Tina Louise
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Louise, a young woman, who recently finished her studies in arts, is working as a interior decorator trainee. Playing the game of seduction, her life becomes more and more complicated.

Director: Éric Rohmer
Stars: Pascale Ogier, Tchéky Karyo, Fabrice Luchini
Belgica (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The drama follows two brothers who start a bar and get swept up in its success in the midst of Belgium's nightlife scene.

Director: Felix van Groeningen
Stars: Stef Aerts, Tom Vermeir, Stefaan De Winter


Credited cast:
Pierre Clémenti ...
Général Korzacouille / Flash
Achmi Gachem ...
Hassan, le bougnoule sexuel
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ...
Capitaine Speed
Simon Reggiani ...
Sim, l'assassin
Gérard Zalcberg ...
Inspecteur Chauve-souris


Necrocity, a city of nightly terrors and a place where even the authorities seem to reinforce this state of mayhem, as a way to impose cruel laws and the use of police brutality with efficiency. While most of the underground citizens are only concerned about pleasures, drinking, using drugs, partying hard and all, a huge load of heroin has gone missing, and that's another indicative that a terrible crime wave is on the rise. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


See all certifications »




Also Known As:

In the Shadow of the Blue Rascal  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Did You Know?


Final film directed by Pierre Clémenti. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

One hell of a wild ride
30 June 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In the Shadow of the Blue Rascal is an experimental crime movie. It is an hallucination that has not utilised the established toolkit and traditions of the crime genre in film. It reminded me very much of the writing of Jean Genet, particularly the movie treats Hassan in the same way that The Miracle of The Rose treats Harcamone, both are hagiographies in which crime is idealised, Hassan and Harcamone are presented as dark saints. I also thought a lot about WS Burroughs and his Cities of the Red Night, and the really overt presence of the supernatural and promotion of anarchy.

The plot is non-linear and often doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but vaguely we can say that what looks like Paris has become Necrocity, a place where the authorities have encouraged and even directly planned a crime wave, both for the sake of pleasure and also to justify the imposition of martial law by a Sade-ean police force. The whole city is some sort of skid row where people cling onto life and look forward to taking desperate pleasures where they can, drinking and shooting up, and dancing to crazy music in the night.

The movie took several years to complete, with work starting in 1979 and completion in 1985, according to the movie's afterword in the version I saw. It was shot on pretty much no budget, but manages to do more than exceptionally well. Special effects come down to tomato ketchup, and the violence is quite simulated. Even so the movie puts you into a trance that makes it all believable with a continuous poetic narration that is awed, the recycling of exceptionally well composed electronic musical motifs, and almost continuous use of superimpositions.

I am no expert in the politics of the era, but you don't have to be to note that he movie is criticising the treatment of Arabs in French society, or if not critiquing it, using it as a flavour for the movie. I sort of sat watching this movie giving free rein to my id, and it felt great. For people who would prefer to ignore the presence of their id, this movie may prove repugnant.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss In the Shadow of the Blue Rascal (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: