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The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun (1970)

A secretary takes her boss's car for the holiday in the Mediterranean, oddly retracing a journey she has not taken, and is recognized by people she has not met before. When a body turns up ... See full summary »

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Anatole Litvak

Writers:

Sébastien Japrisot (novel), Sébastien Japrisot (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samantha Eggar ... Danielle Lang ("Dany")
Oliver Reed ... Michael Caldwell
John McEnery ... Yves-Marie aka Philippe
Stéphane Audran ... Anita Caldwell
Billie Dixon Billie Dixon ... Tall Girl
Bernard Fresson ... Jean Yvain
Marcel Bozzuffi ... Manuel
Philippe Nicaud Philippe Nicaud ... Highway Policeman
Martine Kelly Martine Kelly ... Kiki
Jacques Fabbri ... Doctor
Jacques Legras Jacques Legras ... Policeman
Lisa Jouvet Lisa Jouvet ... Danish Tourist
André Oumansky André Oumansky ... Bernard Thorr
Yves Pignot Yves Pignot ... Baptistin
Louise Rioton Louise Rioton ... American Tourist
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A secretary takes her boss's car for the holiday in the Mediterranean, oddly retracing a journey she has not taken, and is recognized by people she has not met before. When a body turns up in her trunk, things get serious. Written by alfiehitchie

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Her first mistake was getting into the car.

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Drama

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R | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | USA

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 October 1970 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Garota no Automóvel - Com Óculos e um Rifle See more »

Filming Locations:

Autoroute A6, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of director Anatole Litvak. See more »

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Version of Daam autos (1992) See more »

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Guatemaltèque
Music by Michel Legrand
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Great film marred by bad editing choices
26 June 2014 | by TidalBasinTavernSee all my reviews

The film could be described as 40% Alfred Hitchcock and 60% Raymond Chandler. It initially starts out as a very glossy chick-flick with our heroine Danielle Lang (Samantha Eggar) working as a PA in a chic Paris advertising agency for her dashing boss Oliver Reed. The Christian Dior dresses perfectly capture the glamour of very late 1960s Paris. I would have been happy enough with just that, but it gets darker and better as the movie progresses. Although Mademoiselle Lang plays the confused and helpless heroine for most (but not all) of the film, it does pass the Bechdel test. Samantha Eggars performance is first rate, but I have to say I think Stéphane Audran steals the show as Samantha Eggars former flatmate. However, as a long time Stéphane Audran fan I may be biased, and in fact that was the main reason I watched the film in the first place. Most of the supporting cast is very good also.

Where the film goes wrong is that it spends far too long on the 'mystery' aspect of the plot and when the 'reveal' happens it is too rushed. I think this may simply be bad editing since there are many many scenes in the 'reveal' sequence which are cut together in the space of a few minutes. Maybe if they'd been stretched out over 30 minutes it would have made everything feel more balanced. Particularly as the 'mystery' segment starts to drag toward the end.

It didn't help that I saw a really poor print of this. I would love to see the original, I'll bet the colours look sumptuous.


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