Maurice Tourneur

Scen.: Carlo Rim; Dial.: Carlo Rim; F.: Georges Benoît, René Colas; Scgf.: Lazare Meerson; Mu.: Jacques Ibert, Vincent Scotto; Int.: Antonin Berval come Berval (Justin), Pierre Larquey, (Le Bègue), Alexandre Rignault (Esposito), Ghislaine Bru (Totone), Line Noro (La Rougeole), Paul Ollivier (Achille), Raymond Aimos (Le Fada), Paul Amiot (vice-direttore della sicurezza), Gaby Basset (Mado), Marguerite Chabert (Olympe), Marthe Mellot (madre di Justin), Marcel Raine (Brutus), Tino Rossi (cantante); Prod.: Albatross, Pathé-Natan; Pri. pro.: 5 aprile 1935
35mm. D.: 95′. Bn

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Justin is a gentleman and a professional criminal. Concerned with enforcing the law of the underworld, our man settles scores with smalltime pimps of the Canebière who treat women badly. Maurice Tourneur confirms his sophisticated directing talent, and the numerous action scenes are the opportunity for him to give free reign to his sense of ellipsis and concision.

A no-nonsense style that can compete with the masters of American lm noir. His propensity towards sophistication, however, is accompanied by a mischievous sense of humor in depicting Marseille, its clichés and verbal extravagance…

Pierre Poguib, Le guide du cinéma chez soi, edited by Pierre Murat, Télérama hors série, Paris 2002

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