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Coplan sauve sa peau (1968)

In Istanbul, a young woman is attacked by six thugs and the agent Frank Milland who had set a rendez-vous with her, is outnumbered, and she dies. Frank is menaced later in order to stop his... See full summary »

Director:

Yves Boisset

Writers:

Claude Veillot (scenario), Yves Boisset (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudio Brook ... Francis Coplan
Margaret Lee ... Mara / Eva
Jean Servais ... Saroghu
Bernard Blier ... Marscar
Jean Topart Jean Topart ... Lieutenant Sakki
Hans Meyer ... Hugo
Nanna Michael Nanna Michael ... Carole
Klaus Kinski ... Theler
Marcella Saint-Amant Marcella Saint-Amant ... Yasmine
Roger Lumont Roger Lumont ... Le glouton
Roberto Roberto ... Le nain / Dwarf
Agatha Alma Agatha Alma ... Faith
Andrea Aureli ... Gamal (as Andrew Ray)
Aldo Canti Aldo Canti ... Voyou (as Nick Jordan)
Sergio Jossa Sergio Jossa ... Barman
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Storyline

In Istanbul, a young woman is attacked by six thugs and the agent Frank Milland who had set a rendez-vous with her, is outnumbered, and she dies. Frank is menaced later in order to stop his inquiry about the thugs identities. Each clue he follows leads to more and more danger. Then he comes across Eva, a young woman who is the dead girl's spitting image; either she is her twin sister, or the woman who died in his arms. Eventually he encounters a mad sculptor, who is more than he pretends to be. Frank ends up a prisoner is an abandoned castle hidden in Turkey's mountainous hinterland, trying to save his own life and to prevent the development of a mysterious weapon that would put an end to civilization as we know it. Written by Artemis-9

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 February 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Requiem for a Snake See more »

Filming Locations:

Istanbul, Turkey

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

According to Yves Boisset, a riot happened during the production of the film, because a famous Turkish actor was bitten by a scorpion and the Turkish mob thought it was the French crew who provoked the actor death, because he was a great star in Turkey. See more »

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Followed by Coplan: L'ange et le serpent (1989) See more »

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Deserves to be watched.
3 December 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Yeah,and in spite of the very poor rating.At the time ,France was trying to make its own James Bond movie.So they made a lot of OSS 117,Coplan,and other secret agents from the deuxième bureau.All of these attempts failed dismally because of the poor screenplays and the shoestring budgets which couldn't hold a candle to Salzman-Broccoli productions.

"Coplan sauve sa peau" is a different matter because the director is ,well,a true director:Yves Boisset was to become later an important -and often politically committed- auteur with such works as "RAS" (Algeria war) ,"Dupont Lajoie" (racism) or "Allons Enfants" (WW1).It is his first effort and it's really something that should be restored to favor.I'm sure Boisset was not that much interested in Paul Kenny's hero and novel.The screenplay is sometimes impossible to decipher anyway.It's much more the treatment,the atmosphere that matters .There are a lot influences here,particularly "the most dangerous game" and Count Zaroff whose shadow hangs over the ending;the two sisters recall "Vertigo" ;the dwarves Tod Browning and "freaks" ;Bernard Blier 's murder the Italian horror movies ;the fortress and its last door "secret beyond the door".But there are also hints at Greek mythology:the hunting which may (or may not) have been an ancient Hittite custom;Pandora's Box ;the gorgonia.Besides ,except for the last sequences,the hero is no longer the strong he-man:most of the times ,he seems to be completely overtaken by events .He's got his arm in a sling during the first third.The dialogue remains often obscure and the supporting cast-Bernard Blier,Jean Topart,Jean Servais- much better than the leads , gives a very nice tongue-in-cheek performance.

No masterpiece,but much better than most of spy thrillers of the sixties.


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