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Pasha (1968)

Le pacha (original title)
Six months before his retirement from the criminal police, inspector Joss finds his colleague Gouvion dead, in a poorly faked suicide attempt. Joss loses his temper, and investigates on his... See full summary »

Director:

Georges Lautner

Writers:

Jean Laborde (novel), Michel Audiard (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Gabin ... Comissaire Joss, le Pacha
Dany Carrel ... Nathalie Villar
Jean Gaven ... Marc
André Pousse ... Quinquin
Louis Arbessier Louis Arbessier ... Le directeur chez Boucheron
Gérard Buhr ... Arsène
Robert Dalban ... Inspecteur Gouvion
Maurice Garrel ... Brunet
Pierre Koulak Pierre Koulak ... Marcel le Coréen
Pierre Leproux Pierre Leproux ... Druber
Frédéric de Pasquale Frédéric de Pasquale ... Alfred
André Weber André Weber ... Gino
Yves Arcanel Yves Arcanel ... Un inspecteur de la Police Judiciaire
Maurice Auzel Maurice Auzel ... Un homme de la bande à Émile
Yves Barsacq Yves Barsacq ... Médecin légiste
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Six months before his retirement from the criminal police, inspector Joss finds his colleague Gouvion dead, in a poorly faked suicide attempt. Joss loses his temper, and investigates on his own, which leads him through the bas-fond of Paris... Written by Artemis-9

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

14 March 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Noite Escaldante do Inspector Joss See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(restored)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The music score performed just before the armored truck heist sequence is the same the audience can hear in the film Z, in which there is a fighting sequence between two men on a tricycle carrier platform. The name of the music is Batucada Meurtrière and performed by Michel Colombier. It has never been mentioned anywhere. Only a close watching of those two scenes can notice that. See more »

Quotes

Comissaire Joss, le Pacha: The day they put jerks into orbit, you won't stop rotating soon!
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Featured in Neighboring Sounds (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Requiem Pour Un Con
Words and Music by Serge Gainsbourg
Arranged and Performed by Michel Colombier Et Son Orchestre
Sung by Serge Gainsbourg
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Pretty good french gangster movie
20 February 2002 | by Laurent MoussonSee all my reviews

Well, it may possibly not have aged that well, notably the story line, that's pretty linear, but this film nevertheless has a few decent assets.

First, the cast, granted you get Gabin playing lead, or rather freewheeling lead, but look at the rest of the cast : an impressive array of distinctive supporting actors, many of which can be spotted in many other films of the day, who do a spendid job in here, even when silent. For example, André Pousse has the perfect face for the ruthless gangster job he does in the movie.

Second asset is the mood, a sort of sticky, foggy, terribly square version of the late sixties. The final scene in a rundown factory is truly awesome. This atmosphere is enhanced by Serge Gainsbourg's splendidly sober score (Gainsbourg himself appears in one scene, singing the striking "Requiem pour un con"), based on mesmerising percussion loops (way ahead of its time) or very gentle hammond organ parts. Oh and one song by Brigitte Bardot ("Harley Davidson") is also featured as background to one scene.

Third, which can only be fully appreciated with a good command of French, is the script and dialogue, where Michel Audiard delivers some of his hilarious trademark one-liners, such as "le jour où on mettra les cons sur orbite, ben t'as pas fini de tourner" ["the day they'll put gits on orbit, you'll be far from stopping to revolve"], which rely on slang and adequate delivery to give an unmistakable texture to the lines.

The only real downers here are the embarrassingly "hip" nightclub scenes, complete with sitar-laden raga-rock, that are pretty unwatchable to today's standards.

Last point : it's pretty violent for its time, but in an almost choreographed way, which could in a way evoke "Spaghetti" Westerns or Sam Peckinpah's work...

An enjoyable slice of 1960s french cinema, simply does the job.


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