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Le 4ème pouvoir (1985)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Noiret ... Yves Dorget
Nicole Garcia ... Catherine Carre
Roland Blanche Roland Blanche ... Andre Villechaise
Michel Subor ... Xavier Mareche
Toni Cecchinato Toni Cecchinato ... Bruno Brunoli
Jean Lescot Jean Lescot ... Superintendant Berchner
François-Eric Gendron François-Eric Gendron ... Remy Marie
Pierre Fabien Pierre Fabien
Pascal Légitimus
Danielle Durou Danielle Durou
Christian Bouillette Christian Bouillette ... Giovanetti
Arlette Gilbert Arlette Gilbert
François Duval François Duval ... (as Francois Raoul Duval)
Bernard Freyd Bernard Freyd ... Ministre porte parole du Gouvernement
Jean-Claude Brialy ... TV director


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2 October 1985 (France) See more »

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Power failure
7 April 2019 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This fourth power is none other than the medias : Catherine Carré represents the television news,a nice place where "you just stand aside and look" whereas her ex-lover ,Yves Dorget , represents the press where you can write anything you want and you "are fighting a constant struggle ".

A prime minister is involved in the murder of an opponent of a Third World country government ;France (and himself)had a stake in a deal :2 power plants were to be built in the country .

In the past ,André Cayatte and Yves Boisset used to broach this kind of story :their works were heavily demonstrative,but they were often efficient ;Serge Leroy showed in the past he could treat such burning subjects ,as his brilliant " La Traque" shows .

Unfortunately,Françoise Giroud 's screenplay is oversimplified ,you can read through it ;it accumulates caricatures (the TV chief executive ,played by a wasted Brialy,Dorget's editor) clichés (the estranged couple whose adventures bind them together again...for a while) ,and egregious gaffes ( the reporters meeting , the restaurant owner at the beck and call of her famous guest).

The only asset of this heavy-handed political movie is its principals :both Philippe Noiret and Nicole Garcia try their best to give their characters some substance ;and given the limitations they were working under, they are to be praised .

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