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L'étrange Monsieur Victor (1938)

A merchant from Toulon (Raimu) of honorable appearance is in fact a receiver for a band of criminals. Threatened with blackmail, he commits a murder for which an innocent man is condemned ... See full summary »

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Jean Grémillon
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Complete credited cast:
Raimu ... Victor Agardanne
Pierre Blanchar ... Bastien Robineau
Madeleine Renaud ... Magdeleine Agardanne
Marcelle Géniat Marcelle Géniat ... La mère de Victor
Andrex ... Robert Cerani
Georges Flamant ... Amédée
Charles Blavette ... Le premier inspecteur (as Blavette)
Marcel Maupi Marcel Maupi ... Rémi (as Maupi)
Charblay Charblay ... M. Noir
Armand Larcher Armand Larcher ... L'inspecteur #2 (as Larcher)
Viviane Romance ... Adrienne Robineau
Roger Peter Roger Peter ... Un enfant
Daniel Kahya Daniel Kahya ... Un enfant
Odette Roger Odette Roger ... Mme Marie
Édouard Delmont Édouard Delmont ... Paroli
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A merchant from Toulon (Raimu) of honorable appearance is in fact a receiver for a band of criminals. Threatened with blackmail, he commits a murder for which an innocent man is condemned to the penal colony (Pierre Blanchar). Eight years later, the convict escapes and our trader collects it.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

France | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 May 1938 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A kétlelkű ember See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Referenced in La baraka (1982) See more »

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Victor and his friends
20 December 2015 | by bob998See all my reviews

I saw it back in the 70's at a university film club, thought the acting was excellent, especially Madeleine Renaud and Pierre Blanchar, and then forgot about it for 40 years. Now YouTube has graciously let us see it again (along with scores of other French classics) and it is time for a reappraisal.

I found some awkward moments; Gremillon can't hold back the force of nature that is Raimu--he sputters and wind-mills his arms a few too many times for me. Raimu had carte blanche to do pretty much what he pleased, just as Gabin had, and it could hurt a film's impact. With that said, the other actors do a fine job. Andrex and Georges Flamant as the thieves have the right menace, Viviane Romance is wonderfully sensual (just watch her in the shoe store scene) and Blanchar's unjustly convicted man is a textbook acting job. Gremillon went on to do finer work such as Lumiere d'ete and Remorques.


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