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Le témoin (1978)

A sexually adventurous young woman approaches Antonio, an Italian art-restorer working at a cathedral in France. He resists getting involved with her but later he finds out she was raped and murdered in a derelict house.


Jean-Pierre Mocky




Cast overview, first billed only:
Alberto Sordi ... Antonio Berti
Philippe Noiret ... Robert Maurisson
Roland Dubillard ... Commissaire Guérin
Gisèle Préville Gisèle Préville ... Louise Maurisson
Sandra Dobrigna Sandra Dobrigna ... Cathy Massys
Paul Crauchet ... Le père de Cathy
Gérard Hoffman Gérard Hoffman ... L'inspecteur Henri Marquet
Madeleine Colin Madeleine Colin ... Mademoiselle Valentine
Consuelo Ferrara Consuelo Ferrara ... Hélène
Paul Muller ... Le beau-frère de Maurisson
Dominique Zardi Dominique Zardi ... Moignard
Dany Bernard Dany Bernard ... Un chasseur
Youri Radionow Youri Radionow ... Un chasseur
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... Le garde-chasse
Sophie Lautman Sophie Lautman ... Nathalie


The painter Antonio Berti was called to Reims by his friend Robert Maurisson to restore the paintings of the cathedral. Robert likes young girls, even if he is a famous notable. And precisely, he kills one of them. At the crime scene is also his friend Antonio, who at first does not understand what has just happened and then does not speak because of the friendship which binds him to Robert. But Commissioner Guerin charges him with the offense and Robert asks for time to run away, but.. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Jean-Pierre Mocky confessed that Alberto Sordi's character should have been played by Jean Gabin but Gabin died before the shooting of the movie started. See more »

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17 February 2019 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

When Jean -Pierre Mocky tries,his works resemble Claude Chabrol's.Such is the case of 'the témoin" which is his best film since "l'albatros" (1971).Here there is a true screenplay,no could-not-care-less directing and the results are satisfying.It takes some time to get off,but after about thirty minutes,the movie hits its stride,and it will remain interesting till the very end.

Noiret killed a Lolita who used to pose(an angel!) for Sordi,a painter in charge of restoring a church.Sordi knows that.Then a good psychological suspense begins ,enhanced by an angelic choir in the church.

There are good lines too:

Superintendent:"this crime can have been committed by anybody!"

Noiret:"Only a sex maniac could do such a thing!"

Superintendent:"That's what I said:anybody could!"

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Release Date:

20 September 1978 (France) See more »

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The Witness See more »

Filming Locations:

Meaux, Seine-et-Marne, France See more »

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1.66 : 1
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