Le Desert De Pigalle (1958)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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The hero of Le Desert de Pigalle is Janin (Pierre Trabaud), a two-fisted priest assigned to the lawless district of Pigalle. Janin takes it upon himself to reform the prostitutes in the area, which makes him extremely unpopular with the local "mecs" and white slavers. His toughest reclamation project is jaded whore Josy (Annie Girardot), but once he's won her over, she helps him to realize his goal with the other ladies of the evening. As is usually the case in melodramas of this nature, Josy pays for her change of heart with her life. Le Desert de Pigalle was directed by Leo Joannon, light-years removed from the frivolities of Laurel & Hardy's Atoll K.