Symphony for a Massacre


1h 55m 1965

Film Details

Also Known As
Sinfonia per un massacro, Symphonie pour un massacre, The Mystifiers
Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
New York opening: 27 May 1965
Production Company
C. I. C. C.; Dear Film; P. E. C. F.; Ultra Film
Distribution Company
Goldstone Film Enterprises; Seven Arts Pictures
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Les mystifiés by Alain Reynaud-Fourton (Paris, 1962).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

Parisian gangsters Clavet, Moreau, Valoti, Paoli, and Jabeke agree to share the purchase of a large shipment of narcotics. Moreau is chosen to make the purchase, but Jabeke plans an elaborate doublecross by providing himself with an alibi and then slipping aboard the train carrying Moreau to Marseilles. Entering Moreau's sleeping compartment in disguise, Jabeke accidentally awakens Moreau and kills him in the ensuing struggle. Back in Paris, Paoli confronts Jabeke with a newspaper account of Moreau's death; Jabeke mistakenly reveals his guilt and stabs Paoli to ensure his silence. Clavet and Valoti find Paoli's corpse, but the evidence seems to point to Valoti as the doublecrosser. Jabeke kills Clavet since further examination of the evidence would reveal his own guilt. Valoti searches Jabeke's apartment and finds the money, but Jabeke surprises him and kills him. Seemingly free now, Jabeke is about to enter his car when Clavet's widow shoots him.

Film Details

Also Known As
Sinfonia per un massacro, Symphonie pour un massacre, The Mystifiers
Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
New York opening: 27 May 1965
Production Company
C. I. C. C.; Dear Film; P. E. C. F.; Ultra Film
Distribution Company
Goldstone Film Enterprises; Seven Arts Pictures
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Les mystifiés by Alain Reynaud-Fourton (Paris, 1962).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

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Notes

Opened in Paris in August 1963 as Symphonie pour un massacre; running time: 110 min; in Rome in December 1963 as Sinfonia per un massacro. U. S. title later changed to The Mystifiers.