1938, in a French african colony. Lucien Cordier is the cop of this village, populated with blacks and a few whites (usually racialist and lustful). He is a washout, everyone (including his wife Huguette) humiliates him. He never arrests anyone and looks at elsewhere when a dirty trick occurs. But one day, he turns into a machiavellian exterminating angel.
Did You Know?
Jean Aurenche, the screenwriter had a publicity agency in the 30s. The agency employed Marcel Carné and Robert Bresson. The short shown before Alerte ... in the outdoors cinema was one of his for the Galeries Barbès in Paris (The subtitles on Criterion write wrongly Barbe's ) The movie has as actors Paul Grimault as the condemned man, Artigas as the captain and Jean Anouilh and Max Ernst as 2 of the soldiers. See more
Towards the end, Rose is walking on the pier and after they say in a loudspeaker 'Attention! Curfew tonight at 9 o'clock...', she turns around and the shadow of the cameraman can be clearly seen on the ground on her right. See more
You'll manage. I'm sure of that. You could make a mint just doing what you like best, which you do better than any woman I know. And since we'll probably never see each other again, I'll be glad to bang you one last time, even though you're a fugitive.
In the opening credits, we are correctly informed that the film is based on the novel "Pop. 1280"; but during the end titles, we are informed that it is based on "Pop. 1275". This is consistent with the official title retained for the translation into French, which is "1275 Ames" (literally: "1275 Souls"), and which reflects the fact that 5 people have died during the course of action. See more