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Four Bags Full (1956)

La traversée de Paris (original title)
Two men, a painter and a poor guy, have to cross over Paris by night during World War II and to deliver black market meat. As they walk along dark Parisian streets, they encounter various ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Autant-Lara

Writers:

Marcel Aymé (short story), Jean Aurenche (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Gabin ... Grandgil
Bourvil ... Marcel Martin
Louis de Funès ... Jambier, l'épicier
Jeannette Batti Jeannette Batti ... Mariette Martin
Georgette Anys Georgette Anys ... Lucienne Couronne, la patronne du cafe Belotte
Robert Arnoux Robert Arnoux ... Marchandot
Laurence Badie Laurence Badie ... La serveuse du restaurant
Myno Burney Myno Burney ... Angèle Marchandot
Germaine Delbat Germaine Delbat ... Une cliente du restaurant
Monette Dinay Monette Dinay ... Madame Jambier
Jean Dunot Jean Dunot ... Alfred Couronne, le patron du cafe Belotte
Bernard Lajarrige Bernard Lajarrige ... Un agent de police
Jacques Marin ... Le patron du restaurant Saint Martin
Hubert de Lapparent Hubert de Lapparent ... L'otage nerveux
Hans Verner Hans Verner ... Le motard (as Jean Verner)
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Storyline

Two men, a painter and a poor guy, have to cross over Paris by night during World War II and to deliver black market meat. As they walk along dark Parisian streets, they encounter various characters and adventures until they are arrested by German police. Written by <chadourne@univ-lille3.fr>

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JEAN GABIN and BOURVIL in a REMARKABLE FRENCH FILM with suspense predominating of course - but also much more than just a soupcon of laughter! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

26 October 1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Pig Across Paris See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,997, 26 May 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,824, 2 June 2013
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship certificate : # 23043/ dated November 17, 1956. Visa d'exploitation en France : # 15104 See more »

Goofs

Crew is seen in the mirror when Grandgil pass the door of Martin's home. See more »

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No overreaction here but just: a very good film
31 August 2018 | by John BrooksSee all my reviews

It's interesting how quality is just quality. It doesn't matter that you might be a millennial watching this film from France, from the 50's, it's just as good as any more contemporary or culturally relevant top drawer picture.

The best feature in this is efficiency. It's short and sweet (just about 1hr20min), no scene ever stalls the movie, no line in the dialogue branches out into its own thing. It's tight, focused, and efficient. It knows exactly what it's about.

It's both fantastical in its concept and terribly realistic at the same time. Both lead actors were perfect for the cast and play their roles perfectly, while Louis de Funes is also excellent in a more secondary but not any more quiet role.

The film dishes out bits of life lessons here and there, forces a bit of thought and perspective, but never feels self-complacent or happy about itself. It delivers the goods, with a super simplistic plot, a bit of humor, a bit of wisdom, a bit realism, a bit of fantasy; it's a little tragic, but also quite light... and it does it damn well.


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