Air of Paris (1954)

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The story of Andre Menard, a promising young amateur boxer from an impoverished background who is mentored by former pro Victor Le Garrec, and whose career path takes a nosedive when he falls for the wealthy Corinne.



  • Jean Gabin and Roland Lesaffre in Air of Paris (1954)
  • Jean Gabin and Roland Lesaffre in Air of Paris (1954)
  • Roland Lesaffre in Air of Paris (1954)
  • Marie Daëms and Roland Lesaffre in Air of Paris (1954)
  • Jean Gabin and Roland Lesaffre in Air of Paris (1954)
  • Jean Gabin and Roland Lesaffre in Air of Paris (1954)

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13 August 2002 | patrickoc
A curiosity, well worth seeing
This was the last movie that Jean Gabin and Arletty made together for Carné, the absence of Jacques Prévert as screenwriter (as he was on Le Jour Se lève) shows, the plot is rather confused and indecisive. Nevertheless, the photography on location in 1950s Paris is beautiful, many shots look like Brassai photographs, and the climactic scene in the seedy local boxing-ring has some of the same atmosphere as the great scenes in the popular theatre in Carné's masterpiece, "Les Enfants du Paradis". Arletty, by then over 50, is experimenting with playing a less glamorous, rather frumpy part, but she is still fascinating to watch. The thrill is in the ambiguous relationship between Gabin, as the ageing boxing coach, and his blond, sometimes hysterical protégé. There is an extraordinary scene in which he goes to get him back, when the boy has run away and is living in a run-down Algerian hostel. It isn't a great film, on the level of Hotel du nord or Les Portes de La Nuit, but it is well worth seeing for anyone curious about the French cinema in the period between the Occupation and the beginning of the Nouvelle Vague. It is available on video in France.

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