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Dossier 51 (1978)

Le dossier 51 (original title)
An unnamed French intelligence service spies on and analyzes a French diplomat code name '51' to identify a method to control him.

Director:

Michel Deville
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
François Marthouret François Marthouret ... Dominique Auphal / 51
Claude Marcault Claude Marcault ... Liliane Auphal / 52
Philippe Rouleau Philippe Rouleau ... Philippe Lescarre / 52bis
Nathalie Juvet Nathalie Juvet ... Marguerite Marie
Roger Planchon ... Esculape 1
Françoise Lugagne Françoise Lugagne ... Madame Auphal
Françoise Béliard Françoise Béliard ... Sylvie Mouriat
Patrick Chesnais ... Hadès
Jenny Clève ... L'agent 747, femme de ménage de 51
Jean Dautremay Jean Dautremay ... Esculape 3
Daniel Mesguich ... Esculape 4
Gérard Dessalles Gérard Dessalles ... Brauchite
Jean-Michel Dupuis Jean-Michel Dupuis ... Agent Hécate 8446
Isabelle Ganz Isabelle Ganz ... L'allumeuse
Sabine Glaser Sabine Glaser ... Paméla
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Storyline

French diplomat Dominique Auphal is put under surveillance by an unnamed secret service. They wish to find a weakness in his life in order to control him politically. Auphal becomes "File no. 51": his private life is spied, analysed and commented. Written by Pastique45

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Your repairman is one of them. Your cleaning lady is one of them. Your wife's lover is one of them. Behind them all is a secret network that controls your life.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 August 1978 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dossier 51 See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Don't miss this one
2 April 2006 | by sandytkSee all my reviews

This movie pioneers techniques - the pseudo-documentary, the POV camera, the relentless naturalism - that have since been adopted by thriller directors around the world. If you have a chance to see this undiscovered gem, don't pass it up. The plot concerns an attempt to blackmail a diplomat. There are a variety of characters, including everyone from the irascible supervisor of the agents in question to a low-level agent who does undercover work so she can buy the latest kitchen appliances. It features scenes which have since been copied to death - the agent rehearsing lines and mannerisms with the team, the display board covered with photos and the like. The ending of the movie is particularly grueling in its matter-of-fact simplicity and machine-like, remorseless logic. Way ahead of its time, this film deserves a lot more attention than it has gotten.


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