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LOUIS MALLE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBFrance/Italy, 1967.  , , .  Screenplay by , Louis Malle, dialogue by ,based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by Henri Lanoe.  

Mellow in pace but rich in subtext, this is an exemplary film by Louis Malle.   plays a young 19th century heir who returns from the army to discover that his scheming uncle has cheated him out of his fortune. This also means that our hero can’t marry his lifelong love (Genevieve Bujold), so he turns to robbery to make ends meet and becomes a seasoned pro at it. Political connotations and rich period detail highlight a story that is never dull or predictable. Belmondo’s easy charm is perfectly suited to the material, and Bujold is dewy and young, both of them backed up by the very fine screenplay.

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