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Life Love Death (1969)

R
115 min | Drama

"Life, Love, Death" was made before the abolition of capital punishment in France. Its central message is the inhumanity of the guillotine. The film, which is shot somewhat in a cinema verite style, divides roughly into three acts. In Act ...See more"Life, Love, Death" was made before the abolition of capital punishment in France. Its central message is the inhumanity of the guillotine. The film, which is shot somewhat in a cinema verite style, divides roughly into three acts. In Act One, there is a series of murders of prostitutes in Paris. An obviously deeply disturbed man is hiring these prostitutes and then strangling them. Suspicion falls on François (Amidou), a married man with a child. The police put him under surveillance. (Viewers will recognize the inspector in charge of the team as Marcel Bozzuffi, who would play Popeye Doyle's nemesis in The French Connection a couple of years later.) Ironically, François is experiencing spiritual healing and renewal through the power of love---not with his wife, of course, this being a French film, but through an affair with a beautiful young woman he has met (not a prostitute). But just as this is happening and François seems to have lost the need to commit violent crimes, he is arrested. Act Two is the arraignment, trial and exposition of François's life and history. His recent transformation, of course, makes no impression on the court, and he is sentenced to death by guillotine. Act Three is a documentary-style record of François's last days in prison and his execution. The last scene in the film is an image of the guillotine's blade beginning its descent; it slows and freezes and there is a fade to black, as a voiceover issues a passionate plea for abolition of the guillotine. Written by mfisher452 See less
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May 26, 1969 (United States)

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Amidou
François Toledo François Toledo   See fewer
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Caroline Cellier
Caroline Caroline   See fewer
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Janine Magnan
Janine Janine   See fewer
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Marcel Bozzuffi
Le commissaire Marchand Le commissaire Marchand   See fewer
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Pierre Zimmer
L'officier de police L'officier de police   See fewer
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Catherine Samie
Julie - la prostituée Julie - la prostituée   See fewer
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Lisette Bersy
Helene - la belle-mère Helene - la belle-mère   See fewer
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Albert Naud
L'avocat de la défense L'avocat de la défense   See fewer
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Jean-Pierre Sloan
Le procureur Le procureur   See fewer
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Sylvia Saurel
Prostituée (as Sylvie Saurel) Prostituée (as Sylvie Saurel)   See fewer
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Denyse Roland
Prostituée Prostituée   See fewer
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Rita Maiden
La prostituée en voiture La prostituée en voiture   See fewer
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Pierre Collet
Le bourreau Le bourreau   See fewer
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Albert Rajau
Assistant du bourreau Assistant du bourreau   See fewer
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Jacques Henry
Assistant du bourreau Assistant du bourreau   See fewer
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Jean-Marc Allègre
Assistant du bourreau Assistant du bourreau   See fewer
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Colette Taconnat
Assistante Sociale Assistante Sociale   See fewer
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Jean Collomb
Le propriétaire du motel Le propriétaire du motel   See fewer
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Claudia Morin
La fille du dancing La fille du dancing   See fewer
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Robert Hossein
Himself / en personne (cameo appearance) Himself / en personne (cameo appearance)   See fewer
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Annie Girardot
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Manuel Benítez 'El Cordobés'
Himself (as El Cordobes) Himself (as El Cordobes)   See fewer
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D. Devoyod
Prêtre Prison de la Santé Prêtre Prison de la Santé   See fewer
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A. Dousson
Directeur Prison de la Santé Directeur Prison de la Santé   See fewer
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Jean-Pierre Hazy
Policeman Policeman   See fewer
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Yves Gabrielli
L'officier de police (uncredited) L'officier de police (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jacques Portet
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7.1 / 10 | 96 votes