Dernier Domicile Connu (1970)

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Lino Ventura, midst trademark ass-kicking, warms to Marlène Jobert!
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vt Last Known Address
France, Italy / 101 minutes / color / Cité, Valoria, Parme, Simar, Rizzoli Dir & Scr: José Giovanni Pr: Jacques Bar Story: The Last Known Address (1965) by Joseph Harrington Cine: Étienne Becker Cast: Lino Ventura, Marlène Jobert, Michel Constantin, Paul Crauchet, Alain Mottet, Béatrice Arnac, Guy Heron, Albert Dagnant, Monique Mélinand, Marcel Pérès, Germaine Delbat, Hervé Sand, François Jaubert, Philippe March, Jean Sobieski, Bianca Saury, Raymond Meunier, Frédéric Santaya, Luc Bartholomé, Michel Charrel, Max Desrau.

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Paris cop Marceau Leonetti (Ventura) has a reputation for toughness. In the opening minutes of the movie—as per the opening minutes of a Bond movie—we witness some action-packed sequences that have nothing to do with the plot but fix in our minds that this is the hard man of Paris policing. When he arrests the drunk-driving son of a prominent Paris lawyer, however, he discovers there’s something tougher than him: political corruption.

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Arnold (Albert Dagnant, left) explains to Marceau (Lino Ventura) that he’s this month’s scapegoat.

His boss, Arnold (Dagnant), manages to spare Marceau the worst of the flak, but only by dint of transferring him to a sleepy suburban precinct, the Commissariat du XVIIIth Arrondissement, Section Junot 54. There the most exciting case that’s likely to come Marceau’s way . . . well, one day a little boy (uncredited) reports that his fancy pet pigeons have been stolen and, even though the desk sergeant declines to do anything about it, Marceau, like the good serious-crime cop that he is, successfully tracks down and nails the perpetrator.

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Big Frank Lambert (Alain Mottet) has a job for Marceau.

But that’s hardly enough. So, when one day his old colleague and friend “Big” Frank Lambert (Mottet) phones him up to recruit him into a new Special Squad that Lambert’s been asked to form, Marceau leaps at the chance. The fact that the new squad liaises with the Flying Squad and Vice sounds great; in fact it’s been formed to catch a plague of perverts who’ve been pestering young women in the Paris cinemas.

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Marceau’s new partner, Jeanne Dumas (Marlène Jobert), arrives for her first day working with the Special Squad.

As his partner, Marceau is assigned a rookie, Jeanne Dumas (Jobert). At first glance he realizes she’s not so much his partner as his baitfish: it’s her job to sit in the cinemas looking repressed and virginal—to be a sort of perve-magnet, luring the creeps so that Marceau can then leap out of the shadows and Continue reading

Premier Cercle, Le (2009)

vt Inside Ring; vt The Dead List; vt Ultimate Heist; vt The First Circle
France, Italy / 92 minutes / color with bw stock footage before credits / Alter, Thelma, TF1, Canal+, CNC, TFM, Medusa Dir: Laurent Tuel Pr: Alain Terzian, Christine Gozlan Scr: Laurent Tuel, Simon Moutaïrou, Laurent Turner Cine: Laurent Machuel Cast: Jean Reno, Gaspard Ulliel, Vahina Giocante, Sami Bouajila, Isaac Sharry, Alberto Gimignani, Nicolas Bridet, Tony Gaultier, Jean-Paul Zennacker, Eric Challier, Julian Negulesco, Franco Trevisi, Gisèle Casadesus, Ruben Bakar.

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Terrorizing their area of southern France is the Malakian clan, originally of Armenian stock; it’s led by ruthless patriarch Milo Malakian (Reno). Some years ago he lost his son Georgy in a shootout with the cops; now his hopes rest on his other son, Anton (Ulliel). Some of the clan’s activities are relatively innocuous, such as a clever car-theft trick they’ve worked out, but others are more serious. In course of a major heist at the grand Villa Marine, Milo ruthlessly Continue reading