Magnet of Doom

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Magnet of Doom
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
Written by Jean-Pierre Melville
Georges Simenon (novel)
Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo
Charles Vanel
Cinematography Henri Decaë
Release dates 1963 (France)
Running time 102 min
Country France
Language French

Magnet of Doom (French: L'aîné des Ferchaux) is a 1963 French film, directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, based on the novel of the same title by Georges Simenon.


To avoid financial scandal, the banker Ferchaux (Charles Vanel) flees Paris for America. To accompany him as his personal secretary and bodyguard he hires a young boxer, Michel Maudet (Jean-Paul Belmondo).


The outdoor scenes were shot on location in the U.S.. It was Melville's first feature film shot in color.


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