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Sans mobile apparent (1971)

A strange series of murders are being committed in Nice on the French riviera. The commissionaire Carella is in charge and tries desperately to find a missing link between all of these ... See full summary »

Director:

Philippe Labro

Writers:

Evan Hunter (novel) (as Ed McBain), Vincenzo Labella | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Stéphane Carella
Dominique Sanda ... Sandra Forest
Sacha Distel ... Julien Sabirnou
Carla Gravina ... Jocelyne Rocca
Paul Crauchet ... Francis Palombo
Laura Antonelli ... Juliette Vaudreuil
Jean-Pierre Marielle ... Perry Rupert-Foote
Stéphane Audran ... Hélène Vallée
Gilles Ségal ... Di Bozzo (as Gilles Segal)
Pierre Dominique Pierre Dominique ... Doume
Erich Segal Erich Segal ... Hans Kleinberg
Jean-Jacques Delbo Jean-Jacques Delbo ... Le supérieur / Commissioner
André Falcon André Falcon ... Le sous-préfet / Mayor
Alexis Sellan Alexis Sellan ... Pierre Barroyer
Esmeralda Ruspoli Esmeralda Ruspoli ... Madame Forest
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A strange series of murders are being committed in Nice on the French riviera. The commissionaire Carella is in charge and tries desperately to find a missing link between all of these murders. Written by Jean-Yves Simon <simon@wotangate.micro.ti.com>

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After the first murder is committed, no one admitted See more »

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 September 1971 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Without Apparent Motive See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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yes again, Nice in ...
8 December 2018 | by happytrigger-64-390517See all my reviews

... Nice (impossible to miss that title, hey Hugh and JJ?)

If Philippe Labro isn't a great film noir director like Melville or Corneau, his polars are however entertaining. There are some very fine scenes in "Sans Mobile Apparent", pop and sexy like an italian criminal movie. In fact, it's quite close to giallo, with a terrible secret surrounding the killings in that privileged town of Nice, but these killings are made with a rifle by a sniper. Philippe Labro was mainly a journalist and he covered the most well known sniper story, Kennedy's killing. Labro loved guns and rifles, we feel it in this movie.



What bothers me is that Labro shot that polar as a cinephile, giving Trintignant some Bogart gestures like Godard with Belmondo in "Breathless", and those few new wave quotes are rather painful to me, Trintignant's character should have been more worked, he is too much stereotyped, sometimes being too much without explanation. But the sulfurous 70s atmosphere is great, the girls are sexy (Audran, Sanda, Gravina) and master Morricone's score is sumptuous.

Philippe Labro must love "the Sniper" by Edward Dmytryk.


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