Rafles Sur la Ville (1958)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Police Detective Film, Gangster Film  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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The English-language title of this French gangster melodrama is Raids on the City. Michel Piccoli plays a police inspector whose best friend is murdered on the orders of gang boss Charles Vanel. The inspector knows full well that Vanel is too crafty and well-connected to ever stand trial for his crime, so he carefully lays a subtle trap for his adversary. Unfortunately, both Piccoli and Vanel are thwarted by a pair of scheming females. Director Pierre Chenal curiously misses every opportunity to sustain suspense in Rafles sur la Ville; the result is an attractive-looking but wildly uneven film.

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friendship, gangster, investigation, killing, murder, police