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The Memoirs of Detective Vidocq: Convict, Spy and Principal Agent of the French Police Paperback – November 2, 2014
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About the Author
A film based on Vidocq's memoirs was released in France on 13 August 1909, a short black-and-white silent film La Jeunesse de Vidocq ou Comment on devient policier. Vidocq was played by Harry Baur, who also portrayed him in two sequels: L'Évasion de Vidocq (1910) and Vidocq (1911). Under the direction of Jean Kemm, the silent movie Vidocq based on the memoirs appeared in 1922. The screenplay was written by Arthur Bernède and the main role was played by René Navarre. The first sound film, again was named Vidocq, appeared in 1938. Jacques Daroy directed André Brulé in the title role. The film focused largely on Vidocq's criminal career.
On 19 July 1946, the first American film about Vidocq appeared – A Scandal in Paris, with George Sanders as Vidocq and direction by Douglas Sirk. It showed the rise of a rogue in society, coupled with a love story. It was followed in April 1948 by the next French version of Vidocq's life story, Le Cavalier de Croix-Mort, directed by Lucien Ganier-Raymond with Henri Nassiet in the lead.
On 7 January 1967, the French television station ORTF showed the first of two television series, each with thirteen episodes. Vidocq starring Bernard Noël was still in black and white. The second series, Les Nouvelles Aventures de Vidocq, the first in color, premiered on 5 January 1971 and starred Claude Brasseur. In 2001, under the direction of Pitof, Gérard Depardieu played Vidocq in the French science fiction film Vidocq. In 1989, the pilot episode "Trail" was devoted to Eugène Vidocq. The series was called Adventure of Criminalistics and was filmed in Czechoslovakian-German co-production.
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Top customer reviews
crime and punishment, escape and evasion.
A clever, energetic man, he got in and out of more jails than a dozen other abusers of the law.
He turned his criminal inclinations to enforcing the law, capturing the hardest-to-capture felons in France
during the Revolution and the decades soon after.
Hard to put down, blemished with some errors of fact and grammar, this memoir is well worth reading.
It took a tough man to live this hard a life!
A master of disguises and an accomplished thief, Vidocq made a long way from his criminal beginning to the life of the first chief of the secret police. Not afraid to thread the thin line between the law enforcement and the unlawful actions when the case demanded that, he was an amazing character to read about, especially when the story is told in his own words and out of his very memories. A special treat for the lovers of classical thrillers and suspense, spies and nail-biting action.
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