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« on: July 27, 2017, 06:09:02 PM »

Jacques Risser has written about a dozen gangster novels in the 70's. This one was the only brought to the screen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVKzcdW7qnY&t=3417s

It doesn't have subtitles. A pity because I think it is a good work shot diligently by future porn director Roy who, according to the inscription in the novel was also an inspiratiion for the character (can't imagine how, though). And then you have Silva and the usual crop of minor characters played by french staples of the '70's, including future (non active) porn  performer Bernard Musson, a face as striking as Silva's. The movie it differs from the novel as it does without the character of the infiltrated cop, and that actually makes for a better story, though the premise that the bogus road hold-up must be watched by the swindle victim to be better duped finds no acceptable justification  in both media. 7/10

P.S. Risser is the most undervalued writer of the entire french thriller literature. Sure, he's no Simonin or even Le Breton, but his novels are always on a good level and I don't know how many other french novelist in the genre were capable of such a feat. His name isn't mentioned in most french histories of mystery literature and apparently thre's no way to discover on line whatever happened to him in the last 30 years.

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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2017, 04:07:23 AM »

Jacques Risser has written about a dozen gangster novels in the 70's. This one was the only brought to the screen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVKzcdW7qnY&t=3417s

It doesn't have subtitles. A pity because I think it is a good work shot diligently by future porn director Roy who, according to the inscription in the novel was also an inspiration for the character (can't imagine how, though). And then you have Silva and the usual crop of minor characters played by french staples of the '70's, including future (non active) porn  performer Bernard Musson, a face as striking as Silva's. The movie it differs from the novel as it does without the character of the infiltrated cop, and that actually makes for a better story, though the premise that the bogus road hold-up must be watched by the swindle victim to be better duped finds no acceptable justification  in both media. 7/10

P.S. Risser is the most undervalued writer of the entire french thriller literature. Sure, he's no Simonin or even Le Breton, but his novels are always on a good level and I don't know how many other french novelist in the genre were capable of such a feat. His name isn't mentioned in most french histories of mystery literature and apparently there's no way to discover on line whatever happened to him in the last 30 years.

Agree, about a 7/10.

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