La Traversée de Paris (1956)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Satire, Comedy of Manners  |   Release Date - May 24, 2013 (USA - Limited Rerelease)  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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The French/Italian Four Bags Full stars Jean Gabin as an aging artist, ever on the prowl for excitement. The time is World War II, and the place is occupied France. Timorous cab driver Gabin finagles Bourvil into transporting four suitcases full of precious pork through Paris, under the noses of the Nazi officials. While the film is not technically a comedy, there are several nervously amusing moments as the mismatched Gabin and Bourvil wend their way across the City of Light. Adapted from a novel by Marcel Ayme, Four Bags Full was originally released as La Traversee de Paris.

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escapades, war, black-market, cab-driver, dog, police, poverty, smuggling