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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




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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He'd thought he'd found love. She thought she'd found an alibi. They both found they were wrong. See more »


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France | Italy



Release Date:

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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Clever and moody French noir
30 May 2017 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

This is a film which I had not even heard of before a kind fellow IMDb user sent me a copy. It fits under the neo-noir bracket; more specifically it's an example of French noir, of which there seemed to be quite a few released in the 1960's. Its story follows an ex-convict who has just been released from prison; he has a chance encounter with a married Italian woman who invites him back to her flat. Later they go back out drinking but when they return they discover the body of the woman's husband in the apartment, murdered. In typical noir fashion, there are a few surprises yet around the corner.

This moody Gallic thriller takes place over the course of one winter night in Paris. Christmas festivities form a backdrop to events but there is little holiday cheer to be found in the story, although a key clue to the mysterious goings on ties in with a seemingly irrelevant Christmas item. That, along with the significant role played by the elevator that services the warehouse like apartment building where most of the key action takes place, forms the bones of the clever narrative. There is a nice gloomy atmosphere to this one which helps create an effective mood, while the twist in the story really is quite unusual and smart. It ensures that this one dovetails into a very satisfying ending and makes you want to watch the movie again to see it unfold with the benefit of foreknowledge.

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