Porte des Lilas (English: Gate of Lilacs) is a 1957 French-Italian dramatic film directed by René Clair, based on René Fallet's novel La Grande Ceinture. The film is known as both Gates of Lilacs and The Gates of Paris, but was released under the latter title in the United States.
|Porte des Lilas|
Gates of Paris
|Directed by||René Clair|
|Produced by||René Clair|
|Edited by||Louisette Hautecoeur|
|Music by||Georges Brassens|
|Distributed by||Cinédis (France)|
Lopert Pictures Corporation (U.S.)
Artiste is an unemployed impoverished man who dwells in his own, derelict house with his likewise unemployed best friend Juju. One day they come across the wanted criminal Barbier hiding in their home. Juju admires the threefold murderer, yet when he witnesses him bragging about having compromised a girl for financial benefit, his feelings turn straight into the opposite and he shoots Barbier dead.
- Pierre Brasseur as Juju
- Georges Brassens as Artiste
- Henri Vidal as Pierre Barbier
- Dany Carrel as Maria
- Raymond Bussières as Alphonse
- Gabrielle Fontan as Madame Sabatier
- Amédée as Paulo - a regular at the café
- Annette Poivre as Nénette
- Alain Bouvette as Paulo's friend
- Alice Tissot as the concierge
- Paul Préboist
- According to Ronald Bergan and Robyn Karney in the Bloomsbury Foreign Film Guide (London: Bloomsbury, 1988, p. 224) and Melissa E. Biggs (French Films, 1945–1993, Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1996, p. 221) the film has these two alternate English titles. The English title used on the original British release is unclear.
- "The 30th Academy Awards (1958) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-10-25.