El pasajero clandestino

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El pasajero clandestino
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Theatrical release poster
El passatger clandestí
Directed by Agustí Villaronga
Produced by Daniel Delume
Written by André Graill
Pierre Javaux
Agustí Villaronga
Based on Le Passager clandestin
by Georges Simenon
Starring Simon Callow
Bruno Todeschini
Mercè Pons
Frédéric Yrondi
Rosa Novell
Alexandre Zloto
Jesusa Andany
Enric Arredondo
Marie Atger
Jean Marie Barsinas
Cecilia Bellorin
Araceli Bruch
Jordi Dauder
Josep Maria Domènech
François Ellis
Maito Fernández
Josep Minguell
Colette Pietri-Audemars
Joan Potau
Alain Sens-Cazenave
Jordi Serra
Tiki Village
Music by Béatrice Thiriet
Cinematography Carles Gusi
Edited by Amat Carreras
Thierry Dorval
Production
company
La Sept-Arte
Massa d'Or Produccions
Pierre Javaux Productions
Tornasol Films
Release date
  • 13 October 1995 (1995-10-13) (France)
  • 8 March 1996 (1996-03-08) (Spain)
Running time
96 Minutes
Country France
Spain
Language Catalan
Spanish

El pasajero clandestino (Catalan: El passatger clandestí) is a 1995 French-Spanish dramatic independent underground television art film directed by Agustí Villaronga. It is adapted from the Georges Simenon novel of the same name and has a runtime of 96 minutes,[1] it is a part of Cycle Simenon.

The film was made in the French language and dubs in Castilian Spanish and Catalan were made, the actors and actresses in the film originated from various countries.[2]

Another film adaptation of the same book, titled The Stowaway, was released in 1958.[3]

Plot[edit]

Several persons try to take control of the inheritance of a recently deceased English film magnate, they travel to Papeete, French Polynesia to look for the heir.[4]

Villaronga himself said that this was a very "light" adaptation.[4]

Cast[edit]

  • Simon Callow as Major Owens
  • Bruno Todeschini as Alfred Mougins
  • Mercè Pons as Lotte
  • Frédéric Yrondi as René Maréchal
  • Rosa Novell as Arlette Maréchal
  • Alexandre Zloto as Funke
  • Jesusa Andany as Ms. Justin
  • Enric Arredondo as Commander
  • Marie Atger as Mariette
  • Jean Marie Barsinas as Kekela
  • Cecilia Bellorin as Maid
  • Araceli Bruch as Nurse
  • Jordi Dauder as Sheldrake
  • Josep Maria Domènech as Joe Hill
  • François Ellis as Matala
  • Maito Fernández as Presenter
  • Josep Minguell as Bonner
  • Colette Pietri-Audemars as Ms. Roy
  • Joan Potau as Mac Lean
  • Alain Sens-Cazenave as Mr. Justin
  • Jordi Serra as Phips
  • Tiki Village as Pastor

Reception[edit]

Pilar Pedraza, the author of Agustí Villaronga, argued that the film was an "interesting experience" (una experiencia interesante).[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Benavent, Francisco María. Cine español de los 90: Diccionario de películas, directores y temático (Colección Cinereseña, Volumen 50). Mensajero, 2000. p. 449 (View #2, View #3). "O.T: Le Passager clandestin \ El passatger clandestí. D: Agustí Villaronga. P: Isona Passola, Gerardo Herrero, Pierre Javaux para Massa d'Or Prod. / Tornasol Films / TVE / TV-3 (España) y La Sept-Arte (Francia) para Alta Films. A: la novela de Georges Simenon. G: André Grall, Pierre Javaux, Isona Passola. F: Carles Gusi. M: Béatrice Thiriet. Mon: Amat Carreras. D.A.: Llorenç Miquel. V: Antonio Belart. R: Ana Vila. I: Simon Callow (Major Owens), Mercè Pons (Lotte)[...]Est: 8-3-96. Dur: 96 min. Género: Drama. (**)." (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Bentley, Bernard P. E. A Companion to Spanish Cinema (Volume 266 of Colección Támesis: Monografías A Series). Boydell & Brewer, 2008. ISBN 1855661764, 9781855661769. p. 291.
  3. ^ Biblos, Volúmenes 16–17. Publicado por la Cámara Argentina del Libro, 1958. p. xxv. "También se prepara una película tomada de la novela de Georges Simenon El pasajero clandestino. Se está exhibiendo un film titulado[...]" (in Spanish)
  4. ^ a b c Pedraza, Pilar. Agustí Villaronga (Akal Cine, Volumen 11). Ediciones Akal, 1 November 2007. ISBN 8446031663, 9788446031666. p. 103. "A la muerte de un magnate inglés del cine, varias personas se movilizan para hacerse con el control de su herencia, entre ellas un militar retirado, una cantante de cabaret y un vividor sin escrúpulos. Su búsqueda del joven heredero, al que quieren expoliar de diversas maneras, los llevará a Papeete, en Polinesia, un paraíso terrenal infestado de parásitos" and "Se trata de una adaptación de Simenon muy light, según palabras del propio Villaronga[...]" (in Spanish)

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