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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

    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.

    Actors (12)

    Production and distribution (2)

    About

    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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