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Le monte-charge (1962)

On a Christmas night, an ex-convict ,Robert Herbin, meets a beautiful Italian married woman Marthe Drévet ,who has got a lot of things to hide .


Marcel Bluwal


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Hossein ... Robert Herbin
Lea Massari ... Marthe Dravet
Robert Dalban ... L'inspecteur / The Inspector
Maurice Biraud ... Adolphe Ferry
Mag-Avril Mag-Avril ... (as Mag Avril)
André Badin André Badin ... L'agent cycliste
Etienne Bierry Etienne Bierry ... Un bistrot
Pascale Brouillard Pascale Brouillard ... Nicole - la petite fille
Claude Ferna Claude Ferna
Paul Gay Paul Gay
Maurice Garrel ... Le policier chez la vendeuse #2
Georges Géret ... Un homme se disputant au bar
Charles Lavialle Charles Lavialle ... Un bistrot
Robert Moor Robert Moor
Jeanne Pérez Jeanne Pérez ... La vendeuse


On a Christmas night, an ex-convict ,Robert Herbin, meets a beautiful Italian married woman Marthe Drévet ,who has got a lot of things to hide . She lives in an old house ,the first floor of which is a big workshop where a service elevator leads to the apartment.Marthe takes Robert to her home for a drink;he puts a small bird he bought on the Xmas tree,and they go for a stroll in the streets;when they come back,there's a dead body in the room(the husband) and most extraordinary thing,the bird has disappeared. Written by dbdumonteil

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28 August 1963 (USA) See more »

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Paris Pick-Up See more »

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Italian censorship visa # 38787 delivered on 7-11-1962. See more »


Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.22 (1961) See more »

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a stunning mirage of despair ....
4 September 2015 | by happytrigger-64-390517See all my reviews

"Le Monte-Charge" is a hell of hidden treasure in french film noir. And it's the best opus in the Frederic Dard-Robert Hossein cooperation. How can such a nugget be forgotten for so long time? At last, it's available on DVD and blue-ray. Maybe french films noirs need a complete encyclopedia so we can discover such gems.

"Le Monte-Charge" offers us a real noir crime drama with a diabolical machination. Without telling the story (already told by the other reviewers), the result is an amazing and insane atmosphere, sharply photographed by not so unknown André Bac ("Le Jour Se Lève") with dazzling views by night. A lot of very strong surprises all through the movie. I was stuck in front of this mirage of despair.

The main city where the movie is shot is Asnières (next to the station street with the cinema Alcazar).

If you love old fine french noir movies with old settings (french restaurants, cars, stores... ), jump on it and enjoy, you will place your disc next to "Les Diaboliques" by Clouzot.

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