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Un témoin dans la ville (1959)

Industrialist Pierre Verdier kills his mistress Jeanne Ancelin by throwing her off a train. Her husband, Ancelin, decides to take revenge on his wife's murderer, who has been acquitted by ... See full summary »

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Édouard Molinaro
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Ventura ... Ancelin
Sandra Milo ... Liliane
Franco Fabrizi ... Lambert - le radio-taxi de nuit (as Franco Fabrizzi)
Jacques Berthier Jacques Berthier ... Pierre Verdier
Daniel Ceccaldi ... Le client du taxi italien
Robert Dalban ... Raymond - un chauffeur de taxi
Jacques Jouanneau Jacques Jouanneau ... Le loueur de voitures
Micheline Luccioni ... Germaine - une radio taxi
Ginette Pigeon Ginette Pigeon ... Muriel - la prostituée
Janine Darcey Janine Darcey ... La propriétaire de l'hôtel
Françoise Brion ... Jeanne Ancelin
Geneviève Cluny Geneviève Cluny ... La speakerine
Joëlle Janin Joëlle Janin ... Une standardiste
Nicole Alexandra Nicole Alexandra ... Une standardiste
Claire Nicole Claire Nicole ... Une standardiste
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Industrialist Pierre Verdier kills his mistress Jeanne Ancelin by throwing her off a train. Her husband, Ancelin, decides to take revenge on his wife's murderer, who has been acquitted by justice. He waits for him in his house and hangs him. He leaves the place unseen, at least this is what he thinks. But unfortunately for him, Lambert, a taxi driver has witnessed him. Ancelin has no option but to get rid of him... Written by Guy Bellinger

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France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 May 1959 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Witness in the City See more »

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Mono
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Finnish censorship visa register # 67370. See more »

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Referenced in La Dolce Vita (1960) See more »

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Final Au Jardin D'Acclimatation
Written by Barney Wilen
Performed by Barney Wilen Quintet
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Paris by night
28 December 2015 | by kinsayderSee all my reviews

A man (Lino Ventura) commits a murder, carefully staging it like a suicide. But there's a witness: a taxi driver who saw him leaving the scene of the crime. The loose end has to be tied up, and during the next 24 hours the killer stalks his victim through the streets of Paris, waiting for an opportunity to strike...

This is my favourite Molinaro film. It has stuck in my memory since I first saw it about 20 years ago, largely due to the atmospheric night time Paris location work and Ventura's powerful, almost silent performance. He plays a villain here, but not an entirely unsympathetic one. The film cleverly opens with a sort of prologue in which we're shown that the man he kills murdered Ventura's wife and got away with it. This fact, along with the actor's natural charisma, gives us an instinctive sympathy for Ventura's predicament, even while he's hunting down an innocent man.

The climactic chase involving a fleet of taxi cabs is well staged, giving the impression of an entire city uniting to destroy an unwanted presence in its midst. It ends, appropriately enough, amongst caged birds of prey.


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