Hugo Sennart is a French Gypsy, wanted by the police for theft. The same inspector who’s searching for him is also looking for a jewel thief, Yan Kuq, whose wife has died under suspicious circumstance just after a major burglary. The Gypsy needs to settle a few scores and make one more heist before going to ground, and, by coincidence, his path takes him close to Yan, who’s hiding in the hotel of a close friend and former lover, Ninie. The Gypsy lives by a code of honor, which puts him at risk on occasion; and he despises those who treat his people as worse than dogs. The police close in. Is there honor among thieves? —IMDb
Joseph Damiani, a.k.a José Giovanni, was born on June 22th, 1923, to a Corsican family. He did many little jobs when he was a teenager. Washing dishes in a train-restaurant, lumberjack, coal miner, waiter in a hotel restaurant of Chamonix. During WWII, from 1942 to 1944, he was a high mountain junior guide, and was in the resistance, too.
After the war, he came to Paris and became (with some other members of his family) a petty gangster. But after a robbery where his older brother and his uncle died, and the owner of the robbed house too, he was arrested, though he didn’t use any gun. On November 17th, 1948, he and his accomplice Georges Accad were judged in Paris and they were both sentenced to death. After months spent in the death row, they were clemenced by president Auriol, thanks to Joseph’s father, who did his best to save his son.
In 1956, Joseph was freed. He spend a long time in jail writing, and one of the first things he did after being back to free life was… read more