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La route de Corinthe (1967)

When US radar installations in Greece are jammed and an undercover NATO security man is killed, suspicion falls on his widow, who sets out to find the real culprits and prove herself ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Chabrol

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Claude Rank (novel), Claude Brulé (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Seberg ... Shanny
Maurice Ronet ... Dex
Christian Marquand ... Robert Ford
Saro Urzì ... Kalhides (as Saro Urzzi)
Antonio Passalia Antonio Passalia ... The killer
Paolo Giusti Paolo Giusti ... Josio
Max Roman Max Roman
Artemis Matsas
Zannino
Steve Eckardt Steve Eckardt ... (as Stève Eckardt)
Vasilis Diamantopoulos ... (as Vassili Diamantopoulos)
Michel Bouquet ... Sharps
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When US radar installations in Greece are jammed and an undercover NATO security man is killed, suspicion falls on his widow, who sets out to find the real culprits and prove herself innocent. Written by Jim Wade

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Thriller

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy | Greece

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 April 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Road to Corinth See more »

Filming Locations:

Greece See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Filming in Greece was difficult, as the notorious military coup of the Greek colonels in 1967 had turned the country into a totalitarian dictatorship. Director Claude Chabrol was nonetheless able to insert a short scene at the beginning of the film in which a man is arrested by the authorities at the border, with the strong implication that he is to be tortured and murdered. When the film was shown in Britain in a dubbed version (under the title, "The Road To Corinth", a simple translation of the French title), this scene was cut, although it was later restored for a television showing. See more »

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A weak and silly spy film from Claude Chabrol
14 April 2015 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

I'm quite a big fan of French director Claude Chabrol's work that I have seen. This spy thriller is the earliest film of his that I have encountered and, to be honest, it's also the worst one so far in my opinion. It was one of many 60's spy films made at the time, a genre that was at the zenith of its popularity in that decade. The story involves NATO radar being jammed by some secret devices located somewhere in Greece. An American agent investigating this is killed and his wife then goes on the run while trying to solve the mystery.

Frankly, it's a very uninteresting story-line and one that unfortunately makes matters worse by playing things for laughs a lot of the time. I guess this would be okay if it was even remotely funny but the result is more of a very light-weight and silly film. It's very much a million miles away from the more austere films that are for the most part typical of Chabrol. In fact after this movie he was about to begin a run of extremely interesting serious minded thrillers which must surely constitute the best phase of his career. He was far better when he made movies that focused on psychologically complex character relationships. Like his hero Alfred Hitchcock, with Torn Curtain (1966) and Topaz (1969), he came unstuck when he made populist, straight-forward 60's spy thrillers, the results being far less interesting than his darker psychological works. The film is by no means a total washout though; after all it has exotic locations and the super chic actress Jean Seberg in the lead role. It's more overtly stylised than most Chabrol films, although admittedly his lower-key style was far better suited to him. So it's superficially quite good fun to an extent but is undoubtedly a weak film from this great director.


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