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Witness in the City
(Un témoin dans la ville)

Directed by Édouard Molinaro.
With Lino Ventura, Sandra Milo, Franco Fabrizi.
France/Italy, 1959, DCP, black & white, 85 min.
French, English and Italian with English subtitles.
DCP source: Gaumont

Before becoming one of the main manufacturers of the most conventional French genre cinema, Édouard Molinaro was briefly touched by the wing of modernity. In this film noir, natural settings are used in a very realistic way—this is especially so of the streets of Paris, which are, along with the cab drivers who circulate through them, the main characters of the film.

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  • An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (La rivière du hibou)

    Directed by Robert Enrico.
    With Roger Jacquet, Anne Cornaly, Anker Larsen.
    France, 1961, 16mm, black & white, 28 min.
    In English.
    Print source: HFA

Robert Enrico, who was to become one of the most prolific directors of mainstream French cinema in the following decades, was then making his debut with undeniable virtuosity and a certain inventiveness, adapting Ambrose Bierce's short story set during the US Civil War.

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