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Vidocq (2001)

Gérard Depardieu , Guillaume Canet , Pitof  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gérard Depardieu, Guillaume Canet, Inés Sastre, André Dussollier, Edith Scob
  • Directors: Pitof
  • Writers: Pitof, François-Eugène Vidocq, Jean-Christophe Grangé
  • Producers: Dominique Farrugia, Olivier Granier
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067DFC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,674 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Vidocq" on IMDb

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"Vidocq est mort !" Jamais l'annonce de la disparition d'un voleur n'aura à ce point bouleversé le Tout-Paris. Et pour cause ! Passé du clan des chassés à celui des chasseurs, cet ex-bagnard, devenu préfet de police sous l'Empire et la Restauration, était

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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone but very well made! January 4, 2007
As a photographer I really enjoyed the cinematography and camera work of this film, very dramatic. The plot was very clever and the settings couldn't have been better. Unless you have very poor eyesight I have to suggest you watch it in French, the English dubbing is pathetic. The fight scenes were very cool and the special effects were effective and not overdone. I say this movie isn't for everyone because it doesn't have a very mainstream Hollywood blockbuster feel, it has a very foreign essence to it. I venture to say if you liked Brotherhood Of The Wolf then you will probably like this one to. The mood at atmosphere of the film are brilliantly captured and every scene would make a wonderful still photograph. Be prepared to sit down and watch it without distractions, if you miss even a few minutes you might become confused. There are a lot of subtle flashbacks throughout the movie which may prove confusing if you're not paying attention. Anyway go out a rent this movie if you're looking for something other than your typical Hollywood style film. I have nothing against the French, when I visited southern France a few years ago I loved the people and the country and I have always loved their films and here's just another example why.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visually Dazzling, first All Digital Film... September 11, 2004
Pitof, the one named director of Vidocq, has recently come unto infamy by being the director of Catwoman. This is a shame, because Vidocq is like nothing you have ever seen, whereas I am sure Catwoman will be the opposite. Regardless of his recent films, Pitof has been responsible for the visual effects of the Jeunet and Caro films "Delicatessen" and "City of Lost Children" and "Alien 4" (although again, like Catwoman, in 'Alien 4' these were French craftsman trying to translate to an American audience). I think I would not be in the minority if I were to say that the visual effects of those films (even Alien 4) were incredible, and revolutionary.

What Vidocq is, is nothing short of a mark for cinemaphiles. It is the first all-digitally produced film. It is a great gothic tapestry woven over an hour and a half that ends in a great showdown... But overall, it is an example of a film that was created outside of Hollywood, and using more European conventions to tell the story. It was very enjoyable to watch this film, because the story was not immediately obvious.

The visuals are INCREDIBLE! The sequence in the field with the lightning (you will know when you see it) is magnificent. I think that this is a template for what can (and will) be done in the future of digital filmmaking. I highly recommend this film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good surrealistic horror film... July 27, 2004
The story takes place in summer of 1830 in the French capital, Paris. Vidocq (Gerard Depardieu), a former convicted criminal, has turned his back on crime and become a vigilant detective for hire as he is investigating a bizarre murder where someone used lightening to kill two victims. However, Vidocq is not so fortunate as he is murdered by a strange killer in the beginning shortly after he has seen his face, which is hidden behind a mirrored mask. A young journalist has been asked by Vidocq to write his memories, and now when he is dead the journalist wants to find the killer of Vidocq.

Vidocq is shot with a short wide angled lens, which distorts distances and the images within each frame. Most scenes contain vibrant colors that feel out of place and are combined with peculiar zooms and camera angles that coerce the audience into a visual bizarre matrix. There is also wide use of computer generated images which makes the whole thing look nightmarish. The lens, colors, cinematography, and the CGI enhance the bizarre story, which is well-written. As the film snowballs it becomes more complex as it leads toward the true identity of the killer, which in the end offers a pretty good cinematic experience as the many elements of film making break new ground for cinema.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply great film!!! August 3, 2008
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One of the best action films of the last decade! This movie has everything: compelling and twisted story line that keeps you second guessing until the very end, fantastic special effects that actually look believable, beautiful cinematography, great cast and well placed and performed action scenes. I would highly recommend this film for anyone who enjoys action packed mystery movies.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRING ON THE SEQUEL! April 28, 2007
Vidocq brings to the screen the story a triple murder involving a mysterious killer that has become something of an urban legend among the people of 19th Century Paris.

The setting is Paris in 1830 and a young journalist is trying to shed light on the death of a private investigator that has died in his efforts to find and capture a mysterious murderer who's been using unprecedented sophistication and imagination in killing his victims.

The film brings to the screen two main stories, which are unfolding simultaneously: On the one hand, the murder mystery, and on the other (and to a lesser extent), the background events leading to a major insurrection.

The movie portrays superbly life (which is quite miserable) in Paris in 1830, and provides valuable insight into a very important period of French (European) History.

We get a taste (though a very light one) of France's political situation (Royalists vs. Republicans vs. Napoleonists as well as Franco-Prussian relations).

Gerard Depardieu, Ines Sastre (who is GORGEOUS!), Guillome Canet, and the rest of the cast, have truly outdone themselves with their performances, which are outstanding to say the least! All the actors, without exceptions, give it their 100% and it really shows!

The setting, the dialogues, the music, and the costumes are all wonderful!

Very well written and very well presented, it allows for a thought-provoking movie that will definitely provide for an evening's entertainment.

In short, Vidocq is a movie definitely worth watching and one to seriously consider adding to your movie collection (if you haven't done so already)!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars ... the Frenchiness of the movie it is actually a good story, kind of...
After you get by the Frenchiness of the movie it is actually a good story, kind of like the young Sherlock Holmes movie.
Published 1 month ago by J. Glass
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
One of the first movies made with a 1080p camera, dark digital effects with a great plot, especially the twist at the end. Not for kids, dubbed in english
Published 2 months ago by Santiago Echeverry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great look to it
Fastenating film. Great look to it. Excellent photograpy.
Published 3 months ago by Jerry Neeley
3.0 out of 5 stars Kinda stupid
I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I am not a stupid person, but I watched almost all of the movie and never did know what the movie was trying to show me.
Published 5 months ago by Wildbillbilly
4.0 out of 5 stars like a good mystery novel
I haven't seen too many French films but I though this detective movie plot moved very well from beginning till the end. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Naoya Nishimura
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Gerard Depardieu always fantastic! This movie will be a cult favorite. Refreshing premise, great visuals and definitely one for the library!
Published 5 months ago by knaylor151
1.0 out of 5 stars Gave me a headache!
I couldn't make it passed the first 15 minutes. This movie is visually as bad as the final Jason Borne movie. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Doug
5.0 out of 5 stars Different
First cons: do not expect an earth-shakin plot. It is not esthetically as beautiful as Asian martial arts or Hollywood main-stream form of personal fighting we have become... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Freedom Forall
1.0 out of 5 stars Story not interesting - Great costuming and visuals
This sounded interesting and having Depardieu suggested it would be worth watching. But dubbing into English was ineffective and got in the way of the story - would have preferred... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ben Mokry
3.0 out of 5 stars Great cinematography, Lackluster dubbing
The story and cinematography were quite good. However, the English dubbing was poor. Not in the translation necessarily, but the quality of the voices. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rhonda Kline
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American version vs French version?
Firstly, what jerk thought of the US title for this fantastic film? It does not make sense at all. Can't the Americans just say VIDOCQ?
The French dvd which I have with English subtitles, of course, is the best way to see and hear the film.
The translation on the US dvd is complete rubbish with... Read More
Dec 28, 2010 by James Morton |  See all 2 posts
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