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Black Thursday (1974)

Les guichets du Louvre (original title)
PG | | Drama | 22 December 1974 (USA)
Paris, July 1942. Paul, an idealist student, is warned of a vast roundup of Jews (the one that will remain under the name of "Vel d'Hiv"). In the hope of saving a few people, he wanders all... See full summary »


Michel Mitrani


Roger Boussinot (based on the story by), Albert Cossery (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Rist Christian Rist ... Paul
Christine Pascal ... Jeanne
Judith Magre ... Mme Ash
Henri Garcin Henri Garcin ... Ernst Jünger, le grand écrivain allemand alors officier
Michel Robin ... Le cousin / Cousin
Michel Auclair ... M. Edmond
Jacques Rispal Jacques Rispal
André Thorent André Thorent ... L'agent de la gestapo / Gestapo man
Alexandre Rignault ... Le voisin / Neighbour
Evelyne Istria Evelyne Istria ... La mère / Mother
Jacques Debary ... Le curé / Priest
Françoise Bertin Françoise Bertin ... La teinturière
Alice Sapritch ... La vieille dame / Old Lady
Jean-Claude Amyl Jean-Claude Amyl ... Lardy
Annick Fougery Annick Fougery
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Paris, July 1942. Paul, an idealist student, is warned of a vast roundup of Jews (the one that will remain under the name of "Vel d'Hiv"). In the hope of saving a few people, he wanders all day among the police, buses and families in tears, in the Saint-Paul district, to prevent and offer his help. Not being Jewish, he will not be worried by the police and the person - woman or child - who accompanies him will thus pass through the cracks. Unfortunately, his initiatives, sometimes clumsy, come up against incomprehension or disbelief. "French Jew, I'm not afraid," says a young woman arrested shortly thereafter. Discouraged, Paul accidentally avoids a girl from falling into the raid and, for several hours, tries to convince her to flee with him. It resists, at the same time for lack of confidence, fatalism and attachment to its traditionalist Jewish family. Often helped by the compassion of Parisians, young people escape the dangers and in the afternoon, discover, esteem, dream of a ... Written by FICHES CINEMA

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The roundup of Jews in the velodrome d'hiver,Paris 1942.
17 July 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Black Thursday:the French police are arresting all the Jews,putting them on buses and sending them to the velodrome d'hiver.From here,next stop will be the concentration camps.

A young student,Paul decides to save some Jews.Having endured some refusals,he finally meets a young girl,Jeanne,(Christine Pascal) who reluctantly agrees to follow him.The depiction of the Jew community verges on caricature,focusing on commonplace and physical appearance:one critic wrote that Christine Pascal's nose seemed to have been reshaped in order "to look more Jewish".

Everything happens in the space of one afternoon:the French people are sometimes hateful,most of the time indifferent.Only a pimp(!) -a Michel Auclair's cameo,professeur Floster in "funny face"!- intervenes on behalf of Paul and his protégée!Absolutely all the Jews are resigned to their fate,which may seem simplistic to some.

This was the first fiction film to tackle this taboo subject,one of the darkest page of French history.But as far as cinema is concerned,you will be better off with Joseph Losey's "Mr Klein" (1976).

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