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'Point de Chute' at The Max Linder Panorama, Paris

A Still from Point de Chute
(Courtesy:The Max Linder Panorama)

“Point de Chute” is a 1970 French film, directed by Robert Hossein starring Johnny Hallyday with the screenplay by Claude Desailly and Robert Hossein. The story follows Catherine, a fifteen-year old girl, who is abducted by three kidnappers with the intention of bagging a huge ransom. However, things do not go as planned for the kidnappers when Vlad, one of their accomplices, rebels against his partners.

When his partners order Vlad to eliminate their pretty abductee, the man begins to lose his resolve and falls for the girl. The film opens with the police surrounding the hideout of Vlad (Johnny Hallyday) and his female victim (Pascale Rivault). When she sees the faces of the kidnappers, they instruct Vlad to kill the woman. They run away leaving Vlad and the woman behind realizing they may soon get caught.

The police chief, played by Robert Hossein himself, finds the woman's notebook which leads to the clues that disclose her whereabouts. The masterminds escape, leaving the young Vlad to take all the blame for the crime.

As a director, Hossein often dabbled with the theme of failed love and the predicament of situations. He started directing films in 1955 with “Les Salauds vont en enfer,” which was based on a story by Frederic Dard whose novels and plays were a major influence for the filmmaker and which went on to become much of his later film material.

“Point de chute” comes across as a typical Hossein film. Right from the start of the film one can find Hossein’s characteristic cinematic trademarks — a seemingly straightforward suspense plot and subverting the conventions to the extent of a complete disregard of the traditional demand of some revelation or twist. Another notable facet of Hossein’s films is the way he used film space and often struck frame compositions where the geometry of human figures and set design is used to emphasize the psychological set-up of the scene. The works of Dostoevsky  had a profound impact on Hossein as a creator. He portrayed the mechanisms of guilt and the ways in which it destroys relationships.

Hossein had some international successes too as a filmmaker with films like “Toi, le venin” and “Le Vampire de Dusseldorf.” He was essentially an auteur director with a consistent set of themes and an extraordinary mastery of original and unusual approaches to staging his stories. Hossein was not averse to trying his hand at different genres. While he made the strikingly different spaghetti western “Cemetery Without Crosses,” he also made the low-budget but courageously subversive period drama “I Killed Rasputin.”

The film will be screened on June 12, 2018 at The Max Linder Panorama, 24, Poissonniere Boulevard, 75009 Paris

For details, visit: http://maxlinder.com

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at stills from the film.

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