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Dirty Hands (1951)

Les mains sales (original title)
Approved | | Drama | 2 May 1954 (USA)
A young intellectual, Hugo, joins the Communist Party out of a sense of idealism, only to see his principles manipulated by party leaders. He is given the assignment of killing Professor ... See full summary »

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Fernand Rivers, Simone Berriau (co-director)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pierre Brasseur ... Hoederer
Daniel Gélin ... Hugo Barine
Claude Nollier Claude Nollier ... Olga (as Claude Nollier de la Comédie Française)
Monique Arthur Monique Arthur ... Jessica Barine (as Monique Artur)
Georges Chamarat ... Barine (as Chamarat Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Marcel André Marcel André ... Karski
Roland Bailly Roland Bailly ... Slick
Eddy Rasimi Eddy Rasimi ... Georges
Robert Le Béal Robert Le Béal ... Louis
Henri San Juan Henri San Juan ... Léon (as Sanjuan)
Alfred Argus Alfred Argus ... Guillaume (as Argus)
Gérard Buhr ... Presder (as G. Buhr)
Christian Marquand ... Dimitri (as Chr. Marquand)
Alfred Goulin Alfred Goulin ... Laurent (as Goulin)
Jacques Castelot Jacques Castelot ... Le Prince
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A young intellectual, Hugo, joins the Communist Party out of a sense of idealism, only to see his principles manipulated by party leaders. He is given the assignment of killing Professor Hoederer, a party deviationist. However, he grows to admire the man and begins to have doubts about morals and revolutionary politics. But jealousy - Hugo thinks Hoederer has made love to his wife, Jessica - takes matters out of the political realm. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

2 May 1954 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A movie that shows that Sartre deserved his Nobel Prize.
19 September 2001 | by sstocker1See all my reviews

I saw this movie several years so my memory of it is a bit vague, but I remember being quite pleasantly surprised. I had figured that any movie written by Jean Paul Sartre would be about mildly depressed people sitting around making `existential' comments, but that's not the case in the three movies that I've seen by him (this one, The Chips Are Down, and The Proud Ones). His movies are fast-paced and, unlike modern American movies, unpredictable.

Dirty Hands is about a man who is part of a movement, clearly based on communism, who is recruited by his leaders to assassinate his former professor. He is conflicted about whether he should or not, since he has great respect and love for the man and yet is loyal to the cause.

I don't know that much about Sartre, but I do know that he was involved with the communists during and after World War II. I was struck by how anticommunist this movie is, not in a Joe McCarthy sense but in the way that former communists, such as Arthur Koestler and Wilhelm Reich, became disgusted with the tactics of the movement.


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