Trap for the Assassin

  (Redirected from Roger la Honte (1966 film))

Trap for the Assassin (French: Roger la Honte) is a 1966 film directed by Riccardo Freda and starring Georges Géret, Irene Papas and Jean-Pierre Marielle. It is an adaptation of the 1886 novel Roger la Honte by Jules Mary.[2]

Trap for the Assassin
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Directed byRiccardo Freda
Produced by
Screenplay byJean-Louis Bory
Based onRoger-la-Honte
by Jules Mary
Music by
CinematographyJean Tournier[1]
Edited by
  • Michèle Boëhm
  • Riccardo Freda[1]
  • Comptoir Français du Film Production
  • Mancori[1]
Distributed byRegional (Italy)
Release date
  • 17 May 1966 (1966-05-17) (France)
  • 21 October 1966 (1966-10-21) (Italy)
Running time
105 minutes[1]
  • France
  • Italy[1]



Trap for the Assassin was based on Roger la Honte, one of the most popular feuilletons by Jules Mary.[3] The script for the film was adapted by Jean-Louis Bory, who was an admirer of Freda's work, having met him in 1962 in Paris.[3] Bory claimed that he wrote the adaptation and dialogue exclusive to function with Freda's direction.[4]

According to Freda and his assistant director Yves Boisset, Trapped for the Assassin was a project Freda really cared about.[3] Shooting for the film took four weeks and used three cameras at once.[5]


Trap for the Assassin was released in France on 17 May 1966.[1] It was distributed theatrically in Italy by Regional as Trappola per l'assassino on 21 October 1966.[1] Italian film historian Roberto Curti stated that the film had poor distribution and was hardly noticed by critics or audiences.[6] It has been given an English title Trap for the Assassin despite that the film does not appear to have been released overseas.[6]


In France, Image et son [fr]'s reviewer praised Freda's direction in the film "We would like that all...knew as much as Freda how to handle a camera (see the trail sequence) and its spectacular potential. That's what makes this cheap little film such a beautiful illusion and a definite pleasure"[7] Gilles Jacob praised the film, but noted that "let's face it, we would not go see [the film], were it signed by Cayatte or Maurice Cloche."[8]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Curti 2017, p. 323.
  2. ^ Goble p.311
  3. ^ a b c Curti 2017, p. 221.
  4. ^ Curti 2017, p. 224.
  5. ^ Curti 2017, p. 222.
  6. ^ a b Curti 2017, p. 225.
  7. ^ Bretigny, Piere (September–October 1966). "Roger la Honte". Image et son (in French). No. 197/198. p. 166.
  8. ^ Jacob, Gilles (July 1966). "Roger-la-Honte". Cinéma (in French). No. 108. p. 115.


  • Curti, Roberto (2017). Riccardo Freda: The Life and Works of a Born Filmmaker. McFarland. ISBN 1476628386.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter, 1999.

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