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Sinners of Paris

Rafles sur la ville

Directed by Pierre Chenal
France, 1958


Le Fondu, a famous gangster, escapes from the hospital where he was detained, killing an inspector in the process. The colleague of the deceased inspector, Paul Vardier, vows to avenge him. The task seems hopeless: Le Fondu has disappeared without a trace and nobody has a clue about his hide-out.

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Sinners of Paris Directed by Pierre Chenal

Critics reviews

It is all too rarely in a French film that one finds characters who talk simply for the pleasure of it and not to tell us something. Is Pierre Chenal’s direction responsible for all this? It isn’t easy to say. There are some good ideas. The end, for instance, when Piccoli, seized by remorse, throws himself on the grenade hurled by Charles Vanel in the police-office, and dies amid his unscathed colleagues.
April 01, 1958

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