The Passerby (1982 film)

  (Redirected from La Passante du Sans-Souci)

The Passerby (original French title: La passante du Sans-Souci, "The Passerby of Sans-Souci") is a 1982 French-West German drama film directed by Jacques Rouffio, based on the 1936 novel on the same name by Joseph Kessel, and starring Romy Schneider and Michel Piccoli.[1] It was Schneider's last film.

The Passerby
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Directed byJacques Rouffio
Written byJoseph Kessel (novel)
Jacques Kirsner
Jacques Rouffio
Produced byArtur Brauner
Raymond Danon
Jean Kerchner
StarringRomy Schneider
Michel Piccoli
Helmut Griem
CinematographyJean Penzer
Edited byAnna Ruiz
Music byGeorges Delerue
CCC Film
Films A2
Distributed byParafrance Films
Scotia International Filmverleih
Release date
14 April 1982
Running time
110 minutes
West Germany

It was shot at the Spandau Studios in Berlin and on location in Berlin and Paris. The film's sets were designed by the art director Hans Jürgen Kiebach.


During an interview, Max Baumstein (Piccoli), respected chairman of a humanitarian organisation, shoots the Paraguayan ambassador dead, in cold blood. Tried for first-degree murder, he explains himself: the ambassador was a former Nazi official, responsible for the extermination of his foster parents.

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  1. ^ Insdorf p.40


  • Annette Insdorf. Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust. Cambridge University Press, 2003.

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