Pig Across Paris (1957)

Pig Across Paris





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Two men, a painter and a poor guy have to cross over Paris by night during world war II and nazi occupation to delivery black market meat. As they walk along dark parisian streets they encounter various characters and adventures until they are arrested by German police.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Marcel Aymé, Jean Aurenche
In Theaters:
Box Office: $17.8k
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Critic Reviews for Pig Across Paris

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

An exaggerated epic of traditional buddy-comedy trappings wrapped in a picaresque farce.

Full Review… | May 23, 2013
Slant Magazine

Full Review… | March 10, 2011
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for Pig Across Paris


In "La Traversee de Paris," the easy part is getting the live pig to Jambier's(Louis de Funes) butcher shop where the last thing it will hear is accordion music. Since this is occupied France, the hard part is to get the sections of the pig across Paris to the intended parties so a profit can be made. In order to do so, Marcel(Bourvil) and Mariette(Jeannette Batti) go to a bar to meet their contact but he has been arrested for smuggling the soap that Grandgil(Jean Gabin) uses to wash his dirty hands before he takes on the job himself and renegotiates a new contract with Jambier.

"La Traversee de Paris" is a taut, funny and enjoyable movie about a very serious subject and time, made at a time far enough removed that the audience could now laugh about it. In fact, the movie, immersing itself in the details of the time and place when the most precious commodity could be considered trust, comes down surprisingly in favor of the black market. On an artistic level, it has a couple of neat touches like a key scene filmed mostly in silhouette and how Jean Gabin is introduced who really needs no introduction. So, it is a shame that there is a needlessly tacked on epilogue that the movie could just have easily done without.

Walter M.

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