The Road to Corinth

The Road to Corinth ( French: La route de Corinthe, Italian: Criminal story, also released as Who's Got the Black Box?) is a 1967 French-Italian Eurospy film directed by Claude Chabrol.[2] It was based on the 1966 novel by Claude Rank, nom de plume de Gaston-Claude Petitjean-Darville (1925-2004).

La route de Corinthe
Directed byClaude Chabrol
Produced byAndré Génovès
Written byDaniel Boulanger
Claude Brulé
Claude Rank (novel)[1]
StarringJean Seberg
Maurice Ronet
Christian Marquand
Music byPierre Jansen[1]
CinematographyJean Rabier[1]
Edited byJacques Gaillard[1]
Les Films La Boëtie, Paris
Orion-Films, Paris
Compagnia Generale Finanzaria Cinematografica, Rome[1]
Running time
102 minutes (2792 metres)[1]


During the Cold War in Greece, NATO radars and missile systems experience mysterious caused by small breakdowns electronic black boxes. Robert Ford is murdered on the verge of elucidating the problem.

His wife, Shanny, takes over the investigation despite the opposition of the head of the secret service, Mr. Sharps. The latter orders the intelligence agent Dex, a friend of Robert and Shanny, to monitor Shanny's whereabouts. Out of love for her, Dex finally agrees to help Shanny in his mission.

Dex and Shanny unmask the culprit Khalidès by discovering the black boxes, which he has hidden in the statue replicas which he produces and sells. However, a police razzia comes up empty-handed. Through his henchmen, Khalidès has Shanny kidnapped and brought on a mule to an acient temple on top of a mountain. When he ties her to a cart and is about to throw her off the cliff, she accepts his marriage proposal. Just as he has finished untying her, he is shot by the approaching Dex and falls off the cliff himself. Dex leaves his position behind and joins Shanny on her flight home.



La route de Corinthe was shot in Greece during 7 weeks in May and June 1967.[3]


The film premiered on 27 October 1967 in Paris, and on April 5 1968 in Germany.[1] It was released in the U.S. on April 17, 1970 in a cut and dubbed version retitled Who's Got the Black Box?.[4]


TV Guide called it "a spoofy spy-lark" and said "Chabrol delights in turning cliches inside out" while "demonstrating how much fun can be had from subverting the wildly improbable plot twists and unlikely events which are typical of spy capers."[4]


  1. Prinzler, Hans Helmut (1986). Claude Chabrol (in German). Hanser. p. 152. ISBN 9783446144101. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  2. Marco Giusti. 007 all'italiana. Isbn Edizioni, 2010. ISBN 9788876381874.
  3. Coates-Smith, Michael; McGee, Garry (2014). The Films of Jean Seberg. McFarland. p. 116. ISBN 9780786490226. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  4. "Who's Got The Black Box? | TV Guide". Retrieved 2019-09-21.
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