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Rare 1950s Jean Gabin Double Feature: RAZZIA SUR LA CHNOUF, 1955, Kino Lorber, 105 min. Fresh from his success in TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI, Jean Gabin plays a more mysterious character in director Henri Decoin’s adaptation of a novel by Auguste Le Breton (RIFIFI). Is he hard at work trying to streamline the Paris drug trade for his longtime boss (Marcel Dalio) or is he really in cahoots with the police? Featuring a dream cast of French noir specialists (Lino Ventura, Magali Noel, Lila Kedrova, Albert Rémy). In French with English subtitles.
THE NIGHT AFFAIR (LE DESORDRE ET LA NUIT), 1958, Pathé, 93 min. Jean Gabin’s association with director Gilles Grangier reaches its peak in this brooding crime drama set in the underbelly of Parisian nightlife. He’s an inspector investigating the murder of a shady nightclub owner who, in the midst of the case, finds himself becoming involved with the comely young witness (Nadja Tiller), who turns out to be a drug addict – and who’s privy to the behind-the-scenes dirt between the owner and his mysterious wife (Danielle Darrieux). In French with English subtitles. Introduction by director Bertrand Tavernier.