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La menace (1961)

Josepha is 18 and bored. As she tries to impress the local moped gang, she accuses one of her acquaintances of a horrible murder.

Director:

Gérard Oury

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Frédéric Dard (dialogue), Frédéric Dard (novel) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Hossein ... Savary
Marie-José Nat ... Josépha
Elsa Martinelli ... Lucile
Paolo Stoppa Paolo Stoppa ... Cousin
Gérard Oury ... Le docteur
Robert Dalban ... L'inspecteur
André Cellier André Cellier ... Le commissaire
Alice Sapritch ... La cliente (as Alice Sapricht)
Corinne Charrette Corinne Charrette ... Minouche
Joëlle LaTour Joëlle LaTour ... Sylvie (as Joëlle Latour)
Martine Messager Martine Messager ... Pierrette
Philippe Caster Philippe Caster ... Stephan
Philippe Forquet ... Patrick
Michel Gonzalès Michel Gonzalès ... Philippe
Bernard Murat Bernard Murat ... Jean-Louis
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Josepha is 18 and bored. As she tries to impress the local moped gang, she accuses one of her acquaintances of a horrible murder.

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French

Release Date:

1 March 1961 (France) See more »

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The Menace See more »

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Blues De Josepha
Written and Conducted by André Hossein
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An overlooked film noir.
5 September 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Gerard Oury hit the big time with his two comedies "le corniaud" (1963) and "la grande vadrouille" ,the latter being the greatest post-war phenomenon of the whole French cinema:it really smashed all records of the box-office.Commercially,it was a tour de force;artistically,well...let's be nice!

Unfortunately,all his previous works remained in obscurity .And this one "la menace" is a very interesting if minor film noir.Robert Hossein's and Marie-José Nat's performances are first-class,ambiguous,intense.Josepha(Marie-José Nat) is some kind of female James Dean ,an eighteen-year old girl who has been an outcast most of her life.She lives with an old uncle who does not give her any affection.She tries to join the local pack,but even with these youngsters ,she's ill-at-ease.So she tries to catch their attention by accusing the chemist (Robert Hossein)of a horrible murder.

Hossein and Nat are wonderful.Of course she's attracted by him,and vice versa ,but there's something nasty in their relationship:check the chemist's attitude in the movie theater when the couple is watching Jean Cocteau's "la belle et la bête".This work owes more to Hossein than to Oury:Hossein is par excellence the novelist Frederic Dard hero ,Frederic Dard whose "toi le venin"he adapted (an IMDb recommendation).The ending might have influenced Claude Chabrol for "le boucher" (1969).

A long flashback,the movie brilliantly opens and closes :first picture is a Nat's closed eyes close-up;last one is another close-up:she closes

her eyes,and she seems doomed to endless night.


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