Georges Lautner

Georges Lautner – Le Pacha AKA Pasha [+commentary] (1968)

Synopsis:
Early one morning, an armoured van loaded with diamonds sets out from the Place Vendôme in the heart of Paris to Bourget airport, accompanied by a police escort. Before it can reach its destination, the convoy is suddenly attacked by a gang of armed crooks, who show no mercy as they set about stealing the valuable cargo. The gang’s leader, Quinquin, has no intention of sharing his ill-gotten gains with his accomplices. As soon as he has taken receipt of the diamonds he begins eliminating all of his criminal associates, beginning with Gouvion, the police inspector who was charged with
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Georges Lautner – Ne nous fâchons pas AKA Let’s Not Get Angry (1966)

IMDb wrote:
Antoine helps two former acquaintances escape the country, who repay him with a debt transfer. All he has to do is collect from some Léonard Michalon, but for that he will have to go into much trouble to keep the man alive. Read More »

Georges Lautner – La route de Salina AKA Road to Salina (1970)

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A drifter in his 20s, having just walked 10 miles through the desert, comes upon a diner/filling station and helps himself to the water pump; the diner’s proprietress, an older woman–possibly mad–welcomes the young man in believing him to be her long-lost son Rocky, a volatile kid who apparently left his mother and sister four years ago after a family row. Unpredictable bughouse melodrama, a French-Italian co-production shot in the Canary Islands, which lends to the story’s netherworld atmosphere. Well-directed by Georges Lautner, who also co-adapted the screenplay with Jack Miller and Pascal Jardin, from the novel “Sur la Route de Salina” by Maurice Cury. Read More »

Gilles Grangier & Georges Lautner – Les Bons Vivants AKA Un Grand Seigneur AKA High Lifers AKA How to Keep the Red Lamp Burning (1965)

Pleasure-seekers deal with the official closing of French bordellos after the passing of the 1949 legislation outlawing the houses of ill repute. Part two finds a former prostitute who is besieged by former associates after she pulls off a successful robbery attempt. The final segment has a wealthy but sanctimonious patron offering a joy girl a place to stay. His house becomes a popular meeting place when his friends and the prostitute’s friends get together for fun and games. Read More »

Georges Lautner – Des pissenlits par la racine AKA Salad by the Roots (1964)

Jockey Jack has a bill open with a gangster just released from jail. He somehow manages to parry the gangster’s knife attack backstage at a theatre and the latter ends up dead being put into a double bass case. A day later the gangster mysteriously has disappeared, but it turns out that he was carrying a bet ticket for a horse race now worth over a million. A turbulent run for the money begins. Read More »

Georges Lautner – La maison assassinée AKA The Murdered House (1988)

Synopsis:
In the aftermath of the First World War, Séraphin Monge returns to his home village in the south of France and sets about finding himself a job. Working as a road-mender, he gets to meet another man, Brigue, who is able to shed some light on his mysterious past. Séraphin is surprised to learn that, almost a quarter of a century ago, his entire family was slaughtered in the course of one stormy night. He was the only survivor, then just a baby of four months. The murders were blamed on a party of migrant workers from Eastern Europe – they were soon arrested and executed, although not everyone was convinced of their guilt at the time. Read More »

Georges Lautner – Le professionnel AKA The Professional (1981)

Synopsis:
French secret agent Joss Baumont is sent to one of the African countries to kill their president Njala. However, at the last moment the political situation changes and the French secret service turns him in to the African authorities, and he is sentenced to a long-term imprisonment. After the daring escape he returns to France and deliberately informs his former chiefs of his presence promising them to kill Njala who has just arrived to the country with the official visit. Read More »