Gates of Paris (film)

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.[1]

Porte des Lilas
Gates of Paris
Directed byRené Clair
Produced byRené Clair
André Daven
Written byNovel:
René Fallet
René Clair
Jean Aurel
StarringPierre Brasseur
Georges Brassens
Henri Vidal
Dany Carrel
Music byGeorges Brassens
CinematographyRobert Lefebvre
Edited byLouisette Hautecoeur
Distributed byCinédis (France)
Lopert Pictures Corporation (U.S.)
Release date
  • 20 September 1957 (1957-09-20) (Italy)
  • 25 September 1957 (1957-09-25) (France)
Running time
95 minutes


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.



The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film[2] and a BAFTA Award in 1958 and won the Bodil Award for Best European Film.

See also


  1. The IMDb website suggests Gates of Paris was the universal English title. However, 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.
  2. "The 30th Academy Awards (1958) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-10-25.
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