Part of a season of French film noir to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary crime author and master of ’argot’ Auguste Le Breton. Get ready for some Rififi !
Jean Gabin plays Henri Ferré aka Le Nantais, the curiously sympathetic head of an international narcotics ring, invited from across the Atlantic to oversee the European branch of his operation. Using the fancy restaurant ‘Le Troquet’ as a cover, the drug lord keeps his fingers in several crooked pies.
By Henri Decoin (1955, 110 mins)
Cast : Jean Gabin, Magali Noël, Paul Frankeur, Marcel Dalio, Lino Ventura
Film script by Henri Decoin, Auguste Le Breton and Maurice Griffe
Based on Auguste Le Breton’s novel
Dialogues : Auguste Le Breton
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Auguste Le Breton season
Le Breton established himself as an emblematic author with a special insight into the world of French criminal underworld. Close to the Parisian mob, he frequented the bars, gambling dens and gangs of Montmartre and gathered real life experiences which he nourished his novels with. Inventor of the word ‘Rififi’, he is best known for having introduced argot and slang to literature and for the screen adaptations of many of his novels that instantly became noir classics.
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