JUSTIN DE MARSEILLE (1935)
A film by Maurice Tourneur
Antonin Berval, Pierre Larquey, Alexandre Rignault
Justin is a bandit with a big heart: he protects the weak and it is worth it to him to be respected and appreciated by a great majority of people of Marseille. The only shadow on Justin’s board is Esposito, a dark character with the head of a band of dangerous criminals.
Maurice Tourneur is one of French cinema’s important directors who enjoyed tremendous success not only in France but in Germany and USA too where he made some major films. Studio Pathé has released an important DVD box set which features some of his best known films Justin De Marseille is one of the earliest successful gangster film in French cinema. Tourneur here had sa lot of success in America as well he reinvented story telling. He influenced a lot of directors. “Show the people anything, but show them something,” he declared in an interview. Story telling had to be done right. As for this story it was done right, the thing is that I love the most is the landscape to how was Marseille Back then. I went back a few years ago and did it aver changed. It is about the rivalry of two gangster and how they are going to battle it out. Justin here help the one in need but keep in mind he is a gangster who deals drugs or even steals it from his rival gang. In the mix there is a girl who just got in Marseille and looking for a job but ends up in bed with one of the rival gangster. A terrific film here with one happy and confident loving by the people of Marseille Justin, who thinks this is all fun a games. Funny at times and well filmed with some beautiful scenery. If you can get the coffret I suggest it is worth it.