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Rue de l'Estrapade (1953)

While Henri Laurent speeds along on the racing circuits, his pretty wife Françoise goes from luxury boutique to luxury boutique with her best friend Denise. One day, Denise lets her know ... See full summary »


Jacques Becker


Annette Wademant (scenario and dialogue)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Gélin ... Robert
Louis Jourdan ... Henri Laurent
Anne Vernon ... Françoise Laurent
Jean Servais ... Jacques Christian
Micheline Dax Micheline Dax ... Denise
Michel Flamme Michel Flamme ... Patrick
Jacques Morel Jacques Morel ... Marcel
Marcelle Praince ... Madame Fourcade
Henri Belly Henri Belly ... Freddy
Pâquerette ... Madame Pommier (as Madame Paquerette)
Jean Ozenne Jean Ozenne ... Le concierge
Françoise Honorat Françoise Honorat
Fernand Rauzéna Fernand Rauzéna ... Simon (as Fernand Rauzena)
Claude Larue Claude Larue ... Corinne
Marcel Rouzé Marcel Rouzé ... Le locataire furieux (as Rouzé)


While Henri Laurent speeds along on the racing circuits, his pretty wife Françoise goes from luxury boutique to luxury boutique with her best friend Denise. One day, Denise lets her know that Henri has a lover. Outraged, Françoise moves out of marital home and rents a maids' room in Rue de l'Estrapade. Henri tries to get his wife back but Françoise does not listen. She even looks for a job in a prêt-à-porter shop and lets herself be courted by Robert, her neighbor across the landing... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Unbelievable, immoral and insane in every possible way... with its own, genuine charm. (original Finnish poster tagline)


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Release Date:

15 April 1953 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Françoise Steps Out See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Le parapluie...
Written by Georges Brassens
Performed by Daniel Gélin (uncredited)
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6 January 2011 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

"Estrapade" (Estrapado) was a horrible torture which I'm not going to depict here.The word sounds like "escapade" which means " gentle runaway".And "Rue De L'Escapade " was tailor made for such a movie,for the wife (A beaming Anne Vernon) ,tired of her husband's (handsome Louis Jourdan) infidelities ,runs away from marital home and rents a seedy tiny apartment in the working-class area of the city.

After a masterpiece such as "Casque D'Or" ,one of the peaks of the French cinema,anything would be a let down.Becker did not even try.His "Rue DE L'Estrapade" ,with the exception of his debut ("Dernier Atout" ) was his weakest film then.He was to sink lower with "Arsene Lupin" and his dismal "Ali Baba" -Fernandel in the title role!- before coming up with aces for his final -and perhaps most ambitious- chef d'oeuvre "Le Trou" ,maybe the best prison movie ever done.

"Rue De L'Estrapade" is a curious patchwork:it includes snatches of previous works :the chic world of fashion ("Falbalas" ) ,a little walk in the popular town ("Antoine Et Antoinette" ) Amorous Quarrel ("Edouard Et Caroline" ).If only he had borrowed from his three early major works ("Casque D'Or" ,"Rendez-Vous De Juillet" "Goupi Mains Rouges" ).It's pleasant enough with a nice appearance -at the 46th minute- by Daniel Gelin as a singer short of the readies performing Georges Brassens' lovely "Le Parapluie" .

Fans of Jacques Becker will like it;but a young person who wants to discover this great French director should pick up one of his four towering achievements:"Casque D'or" "Goupi Mains ROuges" "rendezvous De Juillet" and "Le Trou".

NB: a bisexual character (Jean Servais),which was risqué for the time.

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