France, 1956
Director: Claude Autant-Lara
Cast: Jean Gabin, Bourvil, Louis de Funès
Screenwriter: Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost
Based on the story by Marcel Aymé
Cinematography: Jacques Natteau
Music: René Cloërec
Genre: Comedy
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Language: French with English subtitles
Running Time: 80 minutes

Two unlikely companions, the straight-laced Martin (Bourvil) and the bombastic Grandgil (Jean Gabin), must smuggle four suitcases filled with contraband pork across Nazi-occupied Paris. While Martin tries to make it through with workmanlike efficiency, Grandgil seems to create, and subsequently surmount, obstacles for the fun of it.

Awards and Recognition:
Best Actor - Bourvil (Venice Film Festival, 1956)
Best Film (French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, 1958)

Reviews and Quotes 2

"One of the most realistic, most caustic, most pitch-perfect films about what it meant to live in Paris under the Occupation. It is timeless."
— Bertrand Tavernier

"A high point of the French cinema of the 1950s!"
— Richard Roud

"Proves that perhaps the best way to elucidate on a country's troubled, dark epoch is to use comedy and performance to provide the light."
— Nick McCarthy, Slant

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