Tag Archives: Georges Lautner

The Murdered House / La maison assassinée (1988) Georges Lautner, Patrick Bruel, Anne Brochet, Agnès Blanchot, Crime, Mystery, Drama

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A French mystery story set in 1896 and 1914 about the infant survivor of a mysterious massacre at a provincial inn, who returns to the inn after serving in World War I, sets out to avenge his murdered parents by destroying it (hence the title), then gradually learns what actually happened. Georges Lautner (La cage aux folles III) does a routine job of directing Laurence Lemaire’s script, which is based on the novel of the same title by Pierre Magnan. Like any mystery worth its salt, this has more than a few surprises and delayed revelations up its sleeve, but in the meantime one has to put up with the implausibility of three attractive women in town (Agnes Blanchot, Anne Brochet, and Ingrid Held) flinging themselves at the mordant and inexpressive hero (Patrick Bruel); somewhat more interesting and appealing is his sensitive best friend (Yann Collette), another veteran, whose face is disfigured by a war wound. The various local cranks and other village characters cry out for the portraiture and shading of a Chabrol, and don’t get them, but this remains watchable enough for its sinuous plot (1988).

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L’oeil du Monocle / The Monocle (1962) Georges Lautner, Paul Meurisse, Elga Andersen, Gaia Germani, Comedy, Thriller

L'oeil du Monocle (1962)
In 1943, a German commando conceals a large quantity of gold in an undersea cave on the coast of Corsica. Years later, Schlumpf, the sole survivor of the commando, returns to Corsica to recuperate the treasure – with British and Soviet spies on his heels, and closely monitored by Dromard, from the French intelligence services. The monocled Dromard is convinced that he can outfox his opponents, but difficulties accumulate: despite his plump appearance, Herr Schlumpf is a sly fellow; Corsica is teeming with treasure hunters from various nationalities; and all parties readily resort to unnatural alliances, brazen treachery, and strong-arm tactics. Who will get the treasure?

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Le guignolo (1980) Georges Lautner, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Mirella D’Angelo, Michel Galabru, Comedy, Action

Le guignolo (1980)
After the failure of his recent criminal exploits, international con artist Alexandre Dupré sets off for Venice to try to dupe some Japanese business men into buying a fake copy of a stolen Caneletto. On the aeroplane, a stranger asks him to look after his briefcase until after they have landed. Alexandre agrees, but the stranger is shot dead soon after and Alexandre himself becomes the target of enemy agents who are keen to recover the briefcase…

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Flic ou voyou / Cop or Hood (1979) Georges Lautner, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Georges Géret, Jean-François Balmer, Action, Comedy, Crime

Flic ou voyou (1979)
When the local police inspector was found dead in a prostitute’s house, police division commissioner Stan Borowitz is sent to investigate the situation. Posing as the prostitute’s long-lost brother “Antonio Cerruti,” he discovers a mare’s nest of police corruption. In fact, in this comedy thriller the whole town is corrupt. If they were closely examined, Stan’s methods for pursuing this investigation might embarrass the police. For instance, he drives into a criminal’s house in a fancy, expensive race car. In another incident, he callously blows up a casino owned by Musard , one of the town’s crime bosses. On that occasion, he first forces Musard to remove his clothes, and the poor criminal watches his casino explode from across the square while standing naked in a phone booth. Meanwhile, Stan seduces the lovely Edmonde.

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