Jean-Pierre Darras

  • Jacques Baratier – La ville-bidon (1971)

    Jacques Baratier1971-1980DramaFrancePolitics

    La Ville bidon describes precisely the historical path, in the parisian suburbs of the seventies, from slum cities (“bidonvilles”) to silly/fake cities (“villes bidon”). The film switch es constantly from a very documentary approach to a fictional delirium in a critical way that is tending to show how crazy the documentary parts are themselves, this is to say the reality itself ! For example, those realistic moments invite us through the process of decision taking : we see the different point of view of the architect, the politic leader, the real estate developer, the sociologist, each of them is quite mad and typical of a particular time. But they also invite us in the slum cities and in the “transitory buildings” where several communities were difficultly living together (the children characters of this film could be the parents of those who are even more desperate and loose and rejected today in all the french big cities suburbs). Read More »

  • Alain Delon – Pour la peau d’un flic AKA For a Cop’s Hide (1981)

    France1981-1990ActionAlain DelonCrime

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    Author: Lalit Rao from Paris, France
    French cinema of nineteen eighties was known for its numerous popular films which gave a new dimension to box office collections.”Pour La Peau D’Un Flic” is one such film which is not so much known by ordinary film viewers both in France and elsewhere.This might have something to do with the manner in which this film was distributed. It is sure that loyal Alain Delon fans would be aware that this film marked the beginning of his directorial career in 1981.Alain Delon gives one of his career’s finest performances as a detective who would go to any length in order to bring cold blooded criminals to justice.As a film director he has not fought shy of portraying what ails police forces in France.In “Pour La Peau D’Un Flic”,policemen are shown as real human beings with their fair share of weaknesses.Alain Delon’s acting performance has too many shades of similarities with American actor Al Pacino although it would be politically incorrect to suggest such a comparison.This is a good film for all those people who would like to see Alain Delon both as an actor as well as a director in a same film.Read More »

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