Fear Over The City / Peur sur la ville (1975)

4.5 out of 5

Fans of European political thrillers may know Henri Verneuil as the director of the deliciously conspiratorial and paranoid take on the Kennedy assassination I... comme Icare. Here, however, Verneuil is in Eurocrime mode.

In Peur sur la ville we find Jean-Paul Belmondo as a mischievous cop who bends the rules to suit himself. Belmondo is on the trail of a stalker and killer who adopts the moniker Minos from Dante resulting in a game of cat and mouse.

In execution Peur sur la ville has more than the occasional nod in the direction of giallo.

The stunt work is probably some of the most breathtaking of the genre and it should be noted that Belmondo did not use a stand in. Among a catalogue of wonderful stunts, including a ride on the roof of a subway train, Peur sur la ville features what is probably one of the finest rooftop chases ever committed to film. Excellent stuff!

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