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Death of a Killer (1964)

La mort d'un tueur (original title)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Hossein ... Pierre Massa
Marie-France Pisier ... Maria / Claudia
Simón Andreu ... Luciano
Jean Lefebvre ... Tony
Robert Dalban ... Albert
André Toscano André Toscano
Maurice Jacquin Maurice Jacquin ... La Balafré
Roger Carel ... Le patron du café
Paul Préboist ... Le coiffeur
Serge Marquand Serge Marquand
Willy Braque Willy Braque
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... (as Henry Attal)
Dominique Zardi Dominique Zardi ... Un dur
Stivie Danik Stivie Danik
Natacha Koumianou Natacha Koumianou


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1 April 1964 (France) See more »

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A stylized, nihilistic French noir
17 April 2014 | by melvelvit-1See all my reviews

Robert Hossein (who also directs) stars as Pierre Massa, an ex-con just released from prison after serving five years for armed robbery. He hooks up with a couple of former gang members and together they try to find out who betrayed him to the cops a half-decade ago. Massa's convinced it was his former best friend who's since shacked up with the ex-con's sister but the couple insist it isn't so -and while Massa's been following his former buddy, someone's been shadowing him...

Risk-taking Robert Hossein's strange and stylized crime thriller is structured along the lines of Robert Siodmak's CRISS CROSS with its voice-over narration and flashbacks to an armored car robbery gone wrong. The excellent use of Paris (?) locations gradually takes a back seat to the increasingly surreal goings on once Massa meets his sister's doppleganger (Marie-France Pisier in a dual role) and has sex with her. It's a nihilistic noir that aspires to the poetic and although the film doesn't quite succeed on that level, it's involving, nonetheless. Hossein's dad André composed the jazzy score.

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