Four Bags Full (La Traversée de Paris) Reviews

  • Aug 18, 2018

    Two great French stars in a comedy-drama directed by Claude Autant-Lara.

    Two great French stars in a comedy-drama directed by Claude Autant-Lara.

  • Apr 20, 2016

    good WWII tale post WWII

    good WWII tale post WWII

  • Oct 25, 2014

    "La traversée de Paris": Film a voir pour la culture générale. Il montre aussi comment se passait la vie sous l'occupation.

    "La traversée de Paris": Film a voir pour la culture générale. Il montre aussi comment se passait la vie sous l'occupation.

  • Jun 27, 2014

    an excellent French film, with a great cast, some hilarious dialogues and great moments of cinema. A pure classic.

    an excellent French film, with a great cast, some hilarious dialogues and great moments of cinema. A pure classic.

  • Walter M Super Reviewer
    Sep 10, 2012

    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.

    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.

  • Dec 29, 2008

    Rien que pour Jean Gabin ça vaut le détour déjà! Tout au long du film il m'a tué! Bourvil et de Funès sont tt aussi bon ds ce film! La scène de règlements de compte dans le café avec Gabin et Bourvil est cultissime!Tout comme la scène dans la cave de de Funès qd ils viennent prendre le cochon! Bref, un bon film français comme on savait en faire à l'époque!

    Rien que pour Jean Gabin ça vaut le détour déjà! Tout au long du film il m'a tué! Bourvil et de Funès sont tt aussi bon ds ce film! La scène de règlements de compte dans le café avec Gabin et Bourvil est cultissime!Tout comme la scène dans la cave de de Funès qd ils viennent prendre le cochon! Bref, un bon film français comme on savait en faire à l'époque!

  • Jul 05, 2008

    A quite old French movie indeed. The characters Jean Gabi, Bourvil, and Louis deFunes are great, each one of them showing powerful emotions and acting based on quite different principles and aims. I liked the tricky games between the "captured" French and the German army.

    A quite old French movie indeed. The characters Jean Gabi, Bourvil, and Louis deFunes are great, each one of them showing powerful emotions and acting based on quite different principles and aims. I liked the tricky games between the "captured" French and the German army.

  • Jun 13, 2008

    "Dans chaque français, y a un cochon qui someille...ds chaque homme peut être..." Jean Aurenche. Chef d'oeuvre inoubliable.

    "Dans chaque français, y a un cochon qui someille...ds chaque homme peut être..." Jean Aurenche. Chef d'oeuvre inoubliable.

  • Feb 01, 2008

    SALAUDS DE PAUVRES!!!!

    SALAUDS DE PAUVRES!!!!

  • Dec 28, 2007

    très bon. Surtout la traditionelle scène de colère avec Gabin

    très bon. Surtout la traditionelle scène de colère avec Gabin