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À double tour by Claude Chabrol France 1959

À double tour

A double tour, Claude Chabrol's third film, is his debut psychological thriller, a genre he subsequently transformed in films like Les Bonnes Femmes and L'Enfer. Through (expert use of flashbacks and vignettes - NY Times) Chabrol creates a lurid and disturbing melodrama of infidelity, obsession and murder at a vineyard in rural Provence.

Vintner Henri Marcoux (Jacques Dacqmine) brazenly carries on an affair with a beautiful young neighbor (Antonella Lualdi) right under the nose of his bitter wife Thérèse (Madeleine Robinson). Henri's gorgeous daughter has herself caught the eye of a Hungarian ne'er do well (Jean-Paul Belmondo), while Henri's voyeur son begins to take liberties with his father's mistress. As the family's passions ripen, the stage is set for tragedy.

Demonstrating (a flair for the camera and characterization - NY Times) Chabrol leads his gifted cast through (fine performances - NY Times). Italo-Greek ingénue Antonella Lualdi is a (dark, striking beauty who could easily turn a man's head - NY Times), and storied French stage actress Madeleine Robinson (Orson Welles' The Trial) received the Best Actress prize at the 1959 Venice Film Festival for her role. Belmondo is magnetic in his final part before Breathless (in which he used his character's name from A double tour as an alias) catapulted him to international stardom.

Released in the US as Leda in 1961, Variety called A double tour a (sleek whodunit,) with (good camera work and tricky direction.) Viewed today, A double tour's swooping camera and character eccentricity echo both Alfred Hitchcock's most personal and obsessive films and Douglas Sirk's colorful 1950s melodramas. 

A doppia mandata

doppia mandata (À double tour) è un film del 1959 diretto da Claude Chabrol, tratto dal romanzo The Key To Nicholas Street di Stanley Ellin.
Fu presentato alla 24ª Mostra del Cinema di Venezia, dove Madeleine Robinson vinse il premio per la miglior attrice.


La famiglia Marcoux è un esempio di valori borghesi, ma le cose si complicano quando Henri prende come amante Leda Mortoni, una giovane donna ospite dei vicini. La figlia di Marcoux diventa l'amichetta di Laszlo, un amico di Leda: Laszlo vorrebbe spingere Henri a lasciare la moglie e moltiplica le provocazioni contro la famiglia Marcoux. I giovani Marcoux, molto attaccati alla madre, cercano di sopportare la difficile situazione che si viene pian piano creando.


  • Nel film Jean-Paul Belmondo interpreta il personaggio László Kovács, pseudonimo del suo personaggio Michel Poiccard in Fino all'ultimo respiro.

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Web of Passion

 Web of Passion (also released as Leda, original French title: À double tour) is a 1959 French suspense thriller film directed by Claude Chabrol and based on the novel The Key to Nicholas Street by American writer Stanley Ellin. It was Chabrol's first film in the thriller genre, which would be his genre of choice for the rest of his career. The film had a total of 1,445,587 admissions in France.


Leda (Antonella Lualdi), the mistress of the wealthy Henri Marcoux is murdered and the family accuses the milkman of committing the crime. But Marcoux's daughter's fiance (Jean-Paul Belmondo) suspects that Leda may have been murdered by someone else.


  • Madeleine Robinson as Thérèse Marcoux
  • Antonella Lualdi as Léda
  • Jean-Paul Belmondo as Laszlo Kovacs
  • Jacques Dacqmine as Henri Marcoux
  • Jeanne Valérie as Elisabeth
  • Bernadette Lafont as Julie, the maid
  • André Jocelyn as Richard Marcoux
  • Mario David as Roger, the milkman
  • László Szabó as Laszlo's friend


Belmondo plays a character named Laszlo Kovacs, which was the alias of his character Michel Poiccard in Breathless


Madeleine Robinson won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress in 1959 for her role in this film.

 Directed by

Claude Chabrol
Written by Claude Chabrol
Paul Gégauff
Stanley Ellin (novel)
Starring Antonella Lualdi
Jean-Paul Belmondo
Bernadette Lafont
Madeleine Robinson
Music by Paul Misraki
Cinematography Henri Decaë
Release dates
  • 1959
Running time
110 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office 1,446,479 admissions (France)



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