7.2/10
481
8 user 3 critic

The Gates of Paris (1957)

Porte des Lilas (original title)
An old bum becomes infatuated with a pretty young girl who gets entangled with a young gangster.

Director:

René Clair

Writers:

René Clair (screenplay and dialogue), René Fallet (novel) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A French lieutenant makes a bet that he can seduce any woman in town in the two weeks before his regiment leaves for maneuvers, but his chosen target (a Parisian divorcée) isn't like other girls he's known.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Michèle Morgan, Gérard Philipe, Jean Desailly
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

1910 : A friend leaves his daughter, Madeleine, with Emile a French film producer. Emile falls in love with her. Problems starts when his young friend Jacques returns from military service ... See full summary »

Director: René Clair
Stars: Maurice Chevalier, François Périer, Marcelle Derrien
Comedy | Fantasy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young composer has vivid dreams of the past that reflect, yet conflict with his waking life.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Gérard Philipe, Martine Carol, Gina Lollobrigida
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A serial killer strikes again during WWII in Germany. The wrong man is arrested and a detective hunts down the real killer. But justice in Nazi Germany is not so easily administered.

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Claus Holm, Annemarie Düringer, Mario Adorf
Entr'acte (1924)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An absolute dada movie. Somebody gets killed, his coffin gets out of control and after a chase it stops. The person gets out of it and let everybody who followed the coffin dissapear.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Jean Börlin, Inge Frïss, Francis Picabia
July 14 (1933)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Jean is a young cab driver. Anna, a flower-girl neighbour, is in love with him. But he is still thinking to Pola, who just left him. Jean asks her to the bal. Many events (Pola's come back,... See full summary »

Director: René Clair
Stars: Annabella, George Rigaud, Raymond Cordy
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The Faust story retold, with an aged alchemist accepting the gift of renewed youth from the devilish Mephistopheles.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Michel Simon, Gérard Philipe, Nicole Besnard
Le Million (1931)
Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An impoverished painter and his rival engage in a race across Paris to recover a jacket concealing a winning lottery ticket.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Annabella, René Lefèvre, Jean-Louis Allibert
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Businessman Victor Hardy (Noiret) wants to buy the entire area around the small village of Cabosse. He claims that he wants to return to nature, but he also intends to profit by selling the... See full summary »

Director: René Clair
Stars: Bourvil, Alfred Adam, Philippe Noiret
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The seven stages of woman - seven stories about French women and love in the sixties.

Directors: Michel Boisrond, Christian-Jaque, and 5 more credits »
Stars: Jacqueline Porel, Pierre-Jean Vaillard, Darry Cowl
The Lace Wars (1965)
Comedy | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In the 18th century, as the army of Prince De Beaulieu lays siege on the fortress of Marechal D'Allenberg, a young princess sends a soldier out of the fortress to go find her lover.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Jean-Pierre Cassel, Philippe Avron, Marie Dubois
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Pascal (Lino Ventura) sells newspapers . He is a simple man who one day resting on the banks of the Seine sees a drowning stranger . Pascal saves his life and begins his adventure next to a... See full summary »

Director: Gilles Grangier
Stars: Lino Ventura, Andréa Parisy, Robert Hirsch
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pierre Brasseur ... Juju
Georges Brassens ... L'Artiste
Henri Vidal ... Pierre Barbier
Dany Carrel ... Maria
Raymond Bussières ... Alphonse
Gabrielle Fontan Gabrielle Fontan ... Madame Sabatier
Amédée Amédée ... Paulo - un habitué du café
Annette Poivre ... Nénette
Alain Bouvette Alain Bouvette ... Le copain de Paulo
Alice Tissot Alice Tissot ... La concierge
Edit

Storyline

Juju, a drunken oaf who feels the need of being important to someone---anyone---and his friend, an artist, are forced at gunpoint to care for a fugitive, Peirre Barbier, in Juju's broken-down home. The urge for being needed is such in Juju that he gives up drinking and takes care of Pierre, even after he learns that Pierre has been making love to Maria, the girl Juju loves. Plans are made for Pierre's escape, and Maria is to join him over her father's protests. Marua steals money from her father and begs Juju to take it to Pierre. When Juju finds that Pierre plans to double-cross Maria, he kills him. Juju takes the money to his artist-friend, he tells him to return it to Maria, as coming from Pierre, so she won't think she has been betrayed. Juju returns to drinking and being a drunk. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Comedy - Suspense - Love - and a Paris few people ever see!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

14 January 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gates of Paris See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Official submission of France for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 30th Academy Awards in 1958. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A nice blend of comedy, romance, and drama
24 November 2018 | by gbill-74877See all my reviews

An escaped murderer (Henri Vidal) finds refuge in the cellar of a poor artist's house, where the artist and his derelict friend (George Brassens and Pierre Brasseur) help him out. The film is notable because of its cast - legendary singer Brassens in his only movie appearance, Vidal in a comeback film after one of his many rounds of rehab, and Brasseur in a lovable role that's both comedic and heartfelt. Dany Carrel is also strong as the smart young barmaid who uncovers the secret but then finds herself falling in love, and my goodness, she's stunning besides.

At its heart, and in a lighthearted way, the film examines the limits of selfish and selfless behavior. It's a little stagey in its story-telling and probably too light to be considered film noir, but the biggest issue is in character motivation - it just doesn't seem likely that the irascible character Vidal plays would get such help, and for so long. On the other hand, it's quite watchable, and it engages us early on, with Brassens singing a couple of songs while strumming his guitar, and Brasseur cleverly sneaking drinks from the local bar. He also steals ten cans of foie gras for his friend, and something about how he hurries around with them, then has to hide them from the police by tossing them out the window tickled me. He's a character whose laziness and mooching make him hard to like early on, but whose kindness and unrequited love make us feel for him as the film plays out.

Director René Clair tells the story well and gives us some nice shots, such as a scene of kids running around in the streets chasing and pretending to shoot at each other while Vidal's backstory is related. He also blends comedy, romance, and drama in a warm, entertaining tale.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed