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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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  • 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067DFC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,709 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Vidocq" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful By N. Williams on January 4, 2007
Format: DVD
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 By N. Chodoba on September 11, 2004
Format: DVD
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 2004
Format: DVD
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L Gontzes on April 28, 2007
Format: DVD
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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Topic From this Discussion
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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