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Back Streets of Paris (1946)

Macadam (original title)
Madame Rose runs a seedy hotel in a suburb of Paris. Strong-minded but without the least moral scruple, she once killed her husband whose honesty was a hindrance to her business. Under a ... See full summary »

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Jacques Viot (dialogue), Jacques Viot (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Françoise Rosay ... Mme. Rose
Andrée Clément ... Simone
Simone Signoret ... Gisele
Paul Meurisse ... Victor Menard
Jacques Dacqmine ... François
Félix Oudart Félix Oudart ... L'Hertier
André Roanne ... Marvejouis
Paul Demange ... Marcel, le coiffeur
Georges Bever Georges Bever ... Armand
Jeannette Batti Jeannette Batti ... Mona (as Janette Batti)
Simone Max Simone Max
André Nicard André Nicard ... Le voleur de draps
François Joux François Joux ... Un inspecteur
Marcelle Rexiane Marcelle Rexiane ... La patronne du bistro
Richard Francoeur Richard Francoeur ... Le maître d'hotel
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Madame Rose runs a seedy hotel in a suburb of Paris. Strong-minded but without the least moral scruple, she once killed her husband whose honesty was a hindrance to her business. Under a suspended sentence, she now indulges in smuggling. One day, Victor, one of her former accomplices hounded by the police, finds sanctuary with her. During a drinking spree, he has the bad idea to entrust to her a suitcase filled with bank notes, a loot with which Victor hopes to rebuild his life in South America. But Rose, lured by temptation, betrays Victor, who is arrested by the police. However, he manages to escape with only one thing in mind, to take revenge on Rose... Written by Guy Bellinger

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JACQUES FEYDER creator of "Carnival in Flanders" and "Portrait of a Woman" presents the last of his distinguished films portraying the moral and ethical fiber of the French people.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 November 1946 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Back Streets of Paris See more »

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Production Co:

B.U.P. Française See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Sous Les Toits De Montmartre
2 December 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

In the seedy side streets of Montmartre, where everyone has a racket, Françoise Rosay runs a seedy hotel. She also has side-lines in selling short-weighted perfume and smuggling tobacco and linen. She shot her husband fifteen years ago because he objected. Her daughter, Andrée Clément, drudges for her. Into this mix comes street peddlar Jacques Dacquemine, and Paul Meurisse who has a satchel of cash and, with his girl Simone Signoret, has swindled a rich dupe out of an expensive ring and.

It's an ensemble piece about the five of them as they sort out their short-term issues, each thinking himself too clever to fall into disaster. The performance are excellent, with Rosay superb under the direction of her husband, Jacques Feyder; age was catching up with him and the movie was finished by Marcel Blistène.

Feyder would be credited as "supervising director" on one more movie, then die in 1948 in Switzerland. He had been born in Belgium in 1885, acted on the stage by 1912 and began directing for Gaumont in 1916. After serving in the Belgian army during the First World War, he returned to writing and directing in 1921. He worked in Hollywood for a few years, and returned to France, always maintaining that he was a craftsman in a vast industry. His collaborators and admirers were legion, including Abel Gance, Julien Duvivier (for who he co-wrote POILE DE CAROTE (1925), Marcel Carne and Rene Clair.


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