Robert Hossein

  • Denys de La Patellière – Le tonnerre de Dieu AKA The Thunder of God (1965)

    1961-1970Denys de La PatellièreDramaFrance
    Le tonnerre de Dieu (1965)

    ‘Léandre Brassac is an ageing veterinary who lives in a large house near to Nantes with his wife Marie, whom he openly despises and frequently abuses. Léandre resents the fact that his wife has failed to bear him any children, and as a result he has become a violent and moody old man, contemptuous of others and all too willing to drown his sorrows in alcohol. Whilst he may loathe people, Brassac shows a remarkable tenderness for animals, especially the dogs who have become his closest companions in his declining years. During one of his night-time excursions to Nantes, Brassac runs into a prostitute named Simone. Concerned by the young woman’s plight, he invites her to live with him and his wife.’
    – James TraversRead More »

  • Julien Duvivier – Chair de poule AKA Highway Pick-Up (1963)

    1961-1970Film NoirFranceJulien DuvivierThriller

    “A man plans a hold-up with a group of trusted fellows, he gets his hands on the money, and the girl – what could go wrong? Almost everything.”
    – IMDbRead More »

  • Jean Larriaga – La Part des Lions (1971)

    1971-1980CrimeFranceJean LarriagaThriller

    A writer teams up with a friend to set up a robbery.Read More »

  • Robert Hossein – La nuit des espions AKA Night Encounter (1959)

    1951-1960DramaFranceMysteryRobert Hossein

    ‘In England during the Second World War, a German spy is pursued by the British secret service in a bid to prevent him from returning to France with a valuable microfilm. In a mountain chalet, two spies, one male, the other female, meet, neither knowing the identity of the other. Not knowing which side the other is on, they are powerfully drawn to one another…’
    – James TraversRead More »

  • Christian-Jaque – La seconde vérité aka The Other Truth (1966)


    Pierre (Robert Hossein) is a fortysomething attorney who falls for a young woman (Michele Mercier) who dances in a discotheque to work her way through medical school. He is invited to her apartment where he observes the woman is living in relative luxury with the latest lavish fashions, but the lovestruck lawyer can’t bring himself to leave his wife over the young woman, who obviously has another man on the string. When her wealthy suitor is murdered, Pierre is accused and put on trial for the man’s death. Even when he is acquitted, Pierre is persecuted by those who still believe he is guilty. He soon realizes that the woman he loves may be the one who committed the murder in this emotional crime drama.Read More »

  • Robert Hossein – Toi… le venin AKA Blonde in a White Car (1958)

    Robert Hossein1951-1960FranceMysteryThriller

    Synopsis by Hal Erickson
    Robert Hossein was writer, director and star of the suspense melodrama Toi le Venin. Picked up by a beautiful motorist, jobless hitchhiker Pierre (Hossein) is subsequently romanced by the girl. Immediately thereafter, however, she dumps him, attempting to run him over as a final insult. Memorizing her license number, Pierre pursues the enigmatic motorist. Arriving at her home, Pierre is met by two young ladies (Marina Vlady and Odelle Versois), either one of whom might be the woman he’s looking for. The rest of the film concerns Pierre’s efforts to figure out which of his two hostesses intends to do him further harm.Read More »

  • Gérard Oury – La menace AKA The Menace (1961)

    Gérard Oury1961-1970FranceMysteryThriller

    ‘Josepha is only eighteen and longs for the companionship of a group of her peers who dabble in activities on the shady side of a legal dividing line. In order to get the semi-delinquent group to accept her, Josepha runs to the police with a tall tale about the local druggist, Savary. The police are looking for a sex murderer, and Josepha insists Savary is their man. What she does not know, however, can do her considerable damage.’
    – Eleanor MannikkaRead More »

  • Robert Hossein – Point de chute AKA Falling Point (1970)

    Robert Hossein1961-1970CrimeFranceThriller

    When his partners order him to eliminate their beautiful abductee, a kidnapper begins to lose his resolve.

    Letterboxd review
    ★★★★½ Watched by dirtylaundri 16 Mar 2019

    Wonderful to watch this directly after THE WICKED GO TO HELL, as both films form a perfect circle: The last shot of the earlier film showed a beachscape into which two men had just vanished; the first shot of the later film starts with almost exactly the same shot – an undistinguished greyish beachscape, that only slowly is revealed to be populated by a number of cars and swarming people.Read More »

  • Robert Hossein – Une corde, un Colt… AKA Cemetery Without Crosses (1969)

    Robert Hossein1961-1970DramaEuro WesternsFranceWestern

    This western finds Manuel (Robert Hossein) visiting his friends only to discover the husband has been murdered in a feud between two rival families. He promises the widow he will kidnap the daughter of the other family to avenge the killing. Manuel manages to apprehend the girl, and the widow has the girl raped. She offers the young woman back to her family in exchange for a decent burial for her murdered husband. The family of the kidnapped girl rides into town for the inevitable showdown in this violent story of murder and revenge. (allmovie)Read More »

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