The Worldwide Film Noir Tradition - Classical French Film Noirby skobic | created - 10 Jun 2014 | updated - 11 Jun 2014 | Public
The films Selby chose as 30 French Noir Masterworks are labelled with 'MASTERWORK'
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2. The Accident (1963)
91 min | Crime, Drama
A young beautiful teacher is transfered to a remote island's school, where her colleague (also the principal of the school) falls in love with her. This banned love provokes the jealousy of the principal's wife and makes her seek revenge.
3. On Trial (1954)
110 min | Crime, Drama
In this legal drama, told in flashbacks, the son of a judge, who had sentenced a man who may be innocent to 17 years in prison, tries to investigate the mysterious case.
6. Les amants du Tage (1954)
123 min | Drama, Romance
He is a French taxi driver in Lisbon carrying the scars of a wife's infidelity that ended in tragedy when he found her with his lover upon returning from the war. She is a French woman in ... See full summary »
8. Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A self-assured businessman murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events.
Votes: 17,364 | Gross: $0.11M
14. Before the Deluge (1954)
138 min | Crime, Drama
Self-centered parents of the 50's targeted by drama in which teenagers panicking after burglary supposed to finance the run from the Third World War.
16. La bête à l'affût (1959)
95 min | Drama, Thriller
A cop's widow is through with love and she spends her time collecting money for the orphans of the Police,abetted by a bunch of snobs and false friends.Unfortunately the person who was in ... See full summary »
17. Bob le Flambeur (1956)
PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After losing big, an aging gambler decides to assemble a team to rob a casino.
Votes: 8,942 | Gross: $0.02M
18. One Step to Eternity (1954)
95 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
Francois Roques, a power-and-money-mad editor of a Paris newspaper (who justifies his actions by calling attention to his poverty-stricken childhood), invites four women to a housewarming ... See full summary »
21. Le cap de l'espérance (1951)
90 min | Crime, Drama
Lyria, a faded beauty who runs a seedy waterfront bar, is madly in love with Bob, a crooked attorney. Bob can't bring himself to confess his love for Minnie, the pretty daughter of Simon, a... See full summary »
22. Casque d'Or (1952)
Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Three gangsters and an ex-con carpenter all fall for the same beautiful, golden-haired woman in Belle Époque France.
23. This Man Is Dangerous (1953)
92 min | Adventure
An escaped convict on the run becomes the newest member of the international criminal network. In order to gain the respect of the gang, he gets involved in a plot to kidnap a rich American heiress.
24. Cette nuit là... (1958)
100 min | Crime
Jean, who is the artistic director of a fashion magazine, is married to a very pretty cover girl, Sylvie. They both work for André Reverdy, a very cynical man, who openly covets Sylvie. ... See full summary »
25. Chair de poule (1963)
107 min | Crime, Drama
A man plans a hold-up with a group of trusted fellows, he gets his hands on the money, and the girl - what could go wrong? Almost everything.
26. The Burning Court (1962)
110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A group of people visit a weird old man who is a student of the black arts. The man lives in an ancient, cursed castle. Soon people in the group start being killed off.
31. Classe Tous Risques (1960)
Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Abel Davis is a criminal, hunted in Italy. The police are closing in, so he and his pal Raymond arrange to flee back to France with Abel's wife, Thérèse, and their two young sons. Abel and ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,619 | Gross: $0.09M
32. Coïncidences (1947)
95 min | Comedy, Drama
A rich girl is in love with her father-in-law 's librarian .The wealthy man wants her to marry a military man but she's not prepared to accept it.She rebels and marries the poor guy.
33. Le combat dans l'île (1962)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama
The son of a French industrialist, Clément is a right wing extremist who belongs to a secret militant right wing organization that uses whatever means necessary, including violence, to ... See full summary »
Votes: 461 | Gross: $0.05M
34. A Man Escaped (1956)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama
A captured French Resistance fighter during WWII engineers a daunting escape from a Nazi prison in France.
36. Copie conforme (1947)
84 min | Comedy, Crime
A smooth criminal, who turns to be Manuel Ismora, and his gang successfully and peacefully pull off con after heist. Elsewhere a timid office worker, Gabriel Dupon, is pressured by his boss... See full summary »
37. Le Corbeau (1943)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
French village doctor becomes target of poison-pen letters sent to village leaders, accusing him of affairs and practicing abortion.
Votes: 7,502 | Gross: $0.03M
38. Lovers on a Tightrope (1960)
Not Rated | 79 min | Drama
Cora, the wife of a wealthy Parisian businessman, Daniel, is involved in an affair with Henri, an unscrupulous garage mechanic who has set his sights on Cora's fortune. Daniel becomes ... See full summary »
43. Dédée d'Anvers (1948)
95 min | Drama
Dedee is a prostitute, working in Monsieur Rene's night club on Antwerp's harbour. The porter is Marco, her pimp. Dedee is not happy, until she meets Francesco, an italian sailorman. They ... See full summary »
45. Le dernier des six (1941)
90 min | Mystery, Thriller
Six friends promise to share their fortune in 5 years. The moment is very close, but one of the six is mysteriously murdered, then another... Superintendent Wenceslas Woroboyioetschik (aka ... See full summary »
46. The Night Affair (1958)
93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A vice inspector for the Paris police takes special interest in the plight of drug-addicted Lucky whom he considers to be more victim than criminal.
49. Deux hommes dans Manhattan (1959)
Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A French UN delegate has disappeared into thin air, sending reporter Moreau (Jean-Pierre Melville) and hard drinking photographer Delmas (Pierre Grasset) on an assignment to find him. Their only lead is a picture of three women.
50. Devil in the Flesh (1947)
122 min | Romance, Drama