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Review of the film "Old Gun"

Cleared and rid of censorship corrections edition of the classic military drama 1975, which tells of the confrontation of a small man to a whole platoon of invaders.

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France, summer 1944 year. A small town, five years spent under German occupation, expects the arrival of Allied troops landing in Normandy from day to day. Local doctor Julien Dundier, worrying about his wife and daughter, sends the family to an ancient family castle, but arriving to visit them in a couple of days, discovers that the area was occupied by the Nazis, brutally destroying the local village. The Dandya family has perished, and the realization of the tragedy is driving the doctor insane - possessed by a thirst for retribution, he cuts the Germans' only way out of the castle, misinforms the partisans, so that they do not interfere in his revenge plans, and single-handedly enters into an unequal battle with the Nazis. But, even speaking out against unarmed soldiers, Julien Dandier has the advantage - he defends the memory of those he loved more than life, and soldiers are only trying to save their skins.

Shot from the film "The Old Gun"

Shot from the film "The Old Gun"

Director Robert Enrico wanted to star in the role of Lino Ventura, whom he had previously shot three films, but the actor refused, considering the script too cruel. The place of the refusenik was taken by Philippe Noiret

It is somewhat strange on our pages to return to the picture taken more than four decades ago, but the reason for such a deviation from the rules appeared very weighty: in Russian rental there was a picture Robert Enrico The "old gun", an unfading classic with Philippe Noire и Romy Schneider starring. Yes, it's not a remake or a "namesake", it's the same tape that was shown on Soviet screens, and it was very successful, and then it was repeatedly shown on TV. To put it bluntly, the older generation of "Rougie" is familiar, but the film is not designed for a young audience. So was it worth the modest Russian distributor to take on a second theatrical release?

Shot from the film "The Old Gun"

Shot from the film "The Old Gun"

In a book of his memoirs, Robert Enrico wrote that Romy Schneider and Philippe Noire did not like each other at the playground, because the actress considered her colleague too rude. This, however, did not stop them again playing a duet in the film "Woman in the Window" a year after the filming of the "Old Gun"

Of course! There is no point in re-telling the story of the tape and its significance for the French and even the world cinema - there is a lot of good written about the "Old Gun", the tape is awarded with the most prestigious awards, it is reviewed many times, but it makes sense again to go to the session classics in the cinema, especially since in the USSR the film was shown with small cuts. Now, all of us have the opportunity to see the tape as the authors intended it, on a worthy scale, with the right sound and decent picture quality.

Shot from the film "The Old Gun"

Shot from the film "The Old Gun"

Perhaps, the modern spectator, "spoiled" by the realism of cruelty in militants and the naturalism of the scenes of executions and murders, "The Old Gun" will not impress and will not make sob as it happened in theaters in 1970-1980. Yes, the blood in the film is too red, the characters, shot down, fall in ridiculous poses with theatrically scattered hands, and the Germans are shown by fools and drunkards, but the demonstration of the horrors of death is not an end in itself. It is more interesting to observe how a good-natured, gentle and happiest person turns into an animal obsessed with malice, almost bare-handed, the tearing assassins of his family. "Old gun" - the movie is not about where the bullets hit, but about who directs them, and this topic is not obsolete, because it does not depend on technology and special effects.

Shot from the film "The Old Gun"

Shot from the film "The Old Gun"

Of course, the plot of the tape, although it takes as a basis the tragedy of one of the French villages, completely destroyed by the Nazis, at times makes very naive turns. Yes, the soldiers of the Wehrmacht are shown in the picture with idiots, which the heavy doctor shoots like partridges, and their commander rather looks like a caricature stamp, rather than a living person. Finally, Dundier, who took a hunting rifle from a crook, does not look like the hero we are used to seeing in modern cinema, but this creates an unusual atmosphere of sincerity and tragedy around the film. Forty-three years ago the war was going through like this, and it's no worse than the current parades and solemn concerts.

Shot from the film "The Old Gun"

Shot from the film "The Old Gun"

Moreover, the "Old Gun" in many respects even wins modern military productions by actively interlacing war and peaceful life in the frame-throughout the tape we see not only how Julien creates retribution, we step by step approach and to understanding how much he loves his wife and why he can not accept her loss. Enrico's film gives even more attention to love than revenge - and that's right, because the war is over, and the survivors must rebuild the world, taking as a basis love, kindness and justice.

Of course, we can not fail to mention the extraordinary charm of Philip Noiret, who played the main role in the film - his Julien in ridiculous round glasses and unpretentious waistcoat can not but arouse sympathy and empathy of the viewer. This is the hero you least expect to see in the battle with the Nazis, but you believe him immediately and unconditionally. A very different role is played by Romy Schneider, but she copes with the difficult work brilliantly, her Clara is the embodiment of the beauty and tranquility of a peaceful life, it is impossible not to fall in love with such a woman, her death should not go unpunished. Just for the sake of these two people it's worth to go to the cinema, because now such a movie is not being shot - "Old gun", like an old wine, maybe has a somewhat naive and simple label, but inside it is a bouquet that simply can not be obtained from fresh grapes.

Since 3 May at the cinema.

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