Trap for the Assassin

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
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'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]

See also



  1. Curti 2017, p. 323.
  2. Goble p.311
  3. Curti 2017, p. 221.
  4. Curti 2017, p. 224.
  5. Curti 2017, p. 222.
  6. 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.
  • Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter, 1999.

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