Victor, an over-the-hill boxer hopes to train his ring successor. One of his proteges is railroad worker Andre, who is hated on sight by Victor’s wife Blanche. Before long, the irresponsible Andre proves that Blanche was right when he abandons his training in favor of a flashy floozie
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Remarkably, impeccably average. The retired boxer, the naive protege, the tug of young, distracting love - it's a tale as old as time, and any superior characterization or distractingly star performance is undercut by its pedestrian material. Even so, it's a must for completionists of Carne and Gabin.
Your average melodramma about social classes disparities, troubled youth and the redemptive potential of sport, love.
I presume viewers in the 50s consumed many similar movies. There is nothing special but neither wrong about such pieces. Its aim is entertainment but the language might be outdated for modern times.
Loved it — it ticked quite a few boxes. First and foremost: Gabin is one of my favorite actors. In this one — frustrated boxer-turned-coach finds young apprentice to live his dream but can he really? —he finds his match in a stellar performance from Arletty, who plays the wife, with her own frustrations. Lesaffre did a great job as the young boxer. Carne stages it smartly and the film looks great.
Charming actors and a well-made film. Carne proves himself as a solid craftsman in this '50's boxing tale. You know, this movie actually "feels" very much of its time. It just looks and feels like a 50's film. (go figure, right?) Very good lighting for the actors, great framing, music and a delightful (albeit traditional) story. It's a very solid film and I love the style of this filmmaking.