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Portrait of an Assassin

Portrait of an Assassin

A Feature film by Bernard-Roland

Produced by Société d'Etudes Cinématographiques et Artistiques (SECA), Union Technique Cinématographique (UTC)

Release in France : 25/11/1949

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Actors (12)

Production and distribution (2)

Synopsis

Brasseur plays Fabius, a reckless motorcycle driver, currently working in a carnival. When he begins to "choke up" in front of the crowd, Fabius decides it would be best to quit his job and leave for parts unknown. But first he must rid himself of his nagging wife. Attempting to kill his missus, he accidentally wounds carnival owner Catherine (Maria Montez). Fabius decides to continue risking his life when he falls for Catherine, who is "turned on" only by men in dangerous professions. Von Stroheim plays Eric, one of Catherine's ex-lovers, now hopelessly paralyzed. His tendency to "ham" confined by a body brace, Von Stroheim delivers one of his most effective performances.

Subject

According to contemporary reports, Le Portrait d'Un Assassin was to have been directed by Orson Welles, who presumably would have also played the Pierre Brasseur role (though it would have been fun to see him in the Erich Von Stroheim part--or, for that matter, to watch him try to direct Von Stroheim).

Full credits (8)

Dialogue Writers :

Charles Spaak, François Chalais

Directors of Photography :

Roger Hubert, Maurice Thiriet

Editor :

Germaine Artus

Production Designer :

Roland Quignon

Screenwriters :

Marcel Rivet, Henri Decoin

Sound Recordist :

Jacques Lebreton

Continuity supervisor :

Lucie Lichtig

Still Photographer :

Raymond Voinquel

Technical details

Feature film

Genres :

Fiction

Sub-genre :

Thriller

Themes :

Murder

Production language :

French

Original French-language productions :

Unknown

Nationality :

100% French

Production year :

1949

French release :

25/11/1949

Runtime :

1 h 40 min

Current status :

Released

Visa number :

8683

Visa issue date :

01/08/1949

Approval :

Yes

Production formats :

35mm

Color type :

Black & White

Aspect ratio :

1.37

Audio format :

Mono

Posters (2)

Director

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