Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Monsieur Gangster'
This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is:
A slapstick mobster spoof that has achieved cult status among certain French cinephiles but will likely be viewed as a dense, untranslatable mess by English speakers, “Monsieur Gangster” is due out on DVD Tuesday.
This 1963 French-language production from director Georges Lautner, with punchy dialogue from writer Michel Audiard, is packed with glancing, tongue-in-cheek references to loads of film noir and gangland movies (not the least, Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” trilogy).
An ex-gangster, Fernand (Lino Ventura), receives a call from a dying mob boss, nicknamed “The Mexican.” The feeble mobster convinces Fernand to come out of retirement, take over his criminal enterprises and look after his soon-to-be-married daughter.
But when rival gang bosses (led by Bernard Blier) get wind of the arrangement, they take exception to Fernand being an outsider and dispatch waves of goonish henchmen to eliminate this new rival. But it turns out that Fernand is a wily old gamer who gives his would-be assassins more than they ever bargained for.
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