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  • 1951
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Gelin, an idealistic young Communist fighting the Germans in some unnamed occupied country, is convinced by a rival faction within the party that his boss, Brasseur, is going to sell out the cause by advocating an alliance with the reactionaries in the country, and that Brasseur must therefore be killed. Gelin takes his flighty wife (Artur) with him to...read more

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Gelin, an idealistic young Communist fighting the Germans in some unnamed occupied country, is convinced by a rival faction within the party that his boss, Brasseur, is going to sell out the cause by advocating an alliance with the reactionaries in the country, and that Brasseur must

therefore be killed. Gelin takes his flighty wife (Artur) with him to do the job, but when he arrives in Brasseur's presence, Gelin is unable to pull the trigger, instead engaging his victim in the interminable philosophical discussions obligatory in a Sartre play (one of which is the basis for

this film). It is not until he finds Brasseur kissing his wife that Gelin is able to muster up the gumption to shoot the politico. Dying, Brasseur forgives Gelin's act as having been inspired by jealousy. When Gelin returns to those who have put him up to the murder, the party line has changed; he

finds them now advocating alliance with the reactionary forces and Brasseur is now regarded as a martyred hero. Gelin is executed. This is a static filming of a popular and controversial play that originally starred Charles Boyer in the Brasseur part.

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