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Voleur, Le (1967)

The light touch of the masters! Malle makes ... Belmondo takes.

Original Title : Voleur, Le
Director : Louis Malle
Genre : Comedy
Drama
Country : France
Language : French
Photography : Henri Deca√ę
IMDB ID : 0062457
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poster for "Voleur, Le" by Louis Malle (1967)
Voleur, Le (1967) - Louis Malle
 

Starring

¬Jean-Paul Belmondo Georges Randal
¬Genevi√®ve Bujold Charlotte
¬Marie Dubois Genevi√®ve Delpiels
¬Julien Guiomar L'abb√©La Margelle
¬Paul Le Person Roger-La-Honte
¬Christian Lude L'oncle Urbain / Uncle Urbain
¬Fran√oise Fabian Ida
¬Marl√®ne Jobert Broussailles
¬Bernadette Lafont Marguerite, the maid
¬Martine Sarcey Ren√©e
¬Roger Crouzet Mouratet
¬Jacques Debary Courbassol
¬Fernand Guiot Mr. Van Der Busch
¬Marc Dudicourt Antoine
¬Paul Vally Le notaire / The Solicitor
¬Monique M√©linand Mme Maranteuil
¬Madeleine Damien Marie-Jeanne
¬Jacqueline Staup Mme Van der Busch / Mrs. Van der Busch
¬Nicole Chollet La patronne du restaurant (as Nicole Cholet)
¬Nane Germon Mrs. Voisin
¬Jean Champion Owner of the H√ītel de la Biche
¬Jacques Gheusi Prof. Boileau
¬Christian de Tilli√®re Armand (as Christian de Tili√®re)
¬Gabriel Gobin Le p√®re Visin
¬Duncan Elliott Le receleur anglais
¬Charles Denner Cannonier
¬Maurice Auzel Marcel (uncredited)
 

Plot

In Paris around 1900, Georges Randal is brought up by his wealthy uncle, who squanders his inheritance. Georges hopes to marry his cousin Charlotte, but his uncle arranges for her to marry a rich neighbour. As an act of revenge, Georges steals the fiance's family jewels, and enjoys the experience so much that he embarks upon a life-time of burglary.
 

Comments

Just saw this forgotten gem by Louis Malle today on Starz. I absolutely loved it. I admit I have a huge bias towards movies about thieves: the artistry of their trade fascinates me (and explains why I can't get enough of playing "Thief" the computer game series).Nevertheless, this was an engrossing turn of the century period piece which is filled with brilliant, subtle characterizations of extremely interesting and complex characters. It's exciting without needing to be fast paced and it doesn't sacrifice depth of emotion (which is repressed but fully present under the surface as these characters must constantly re-evaluate their involvement in their chosen lifestyles).The film is beautifully structured so that by the end of it we, who have been voyeuristically caught up in the romance of suave criminals, must, like them, take stock of what has been lost.