Le trefle rouge (1965)

LE TREFLE ROUGE (1965)
aka Nick Carter and the Red Club, Nick Carter et le trefle rouge
Article 3793 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12-23-2011
Posting Date: 1-2-2012
Directed by Jean-Paul Savignac
Featuring Eddie Constantine, Nicole Courcel, Joseph Dassin
Country: France / Italy
What it is: Spy flick

Terrorists have stolen biological weapons, and Nick Carter has only four days to track them down.

For a fleeting moment, I though I had managed to get a copy of this movie in English; unfortunately, it’s one of those movies that uses whatever language is native to its location, and only the first dialogue scene in Washington is in English; the rest of the movie takes place in Belgium, and is in French. Fortunately, the major exposition is in English, and that’s how I know the weapons were of a biological nature rather than nuclear missiles, which the only user comment on IMDB claims. Unfortunately, despite knowing the set-up, almost all of the later plot developments are made in the French dialogue, so I found it hard to follow, and the action sequences aren’t particularly well done. It doesn’t quite belong to the Spyghetti genre, as it doesn’t make any attempt to emulate the style or feel of the James Bond movies; it’s in black and white, has more of a smoky, noirish feel to it, and though it has a few concessions to the swinging sixties feel, they’re not a major part of the style. I’m glad this one was saved from my “ones-that-got-away” list, but I’m afraid the language barrier keeps me from giving any real good evaluation of this one.

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