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Mirror (1947 film)

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Directed byRaymond Lamy
Written byPaul Ollivier
Carlo Rim
Produced byPaul-Edmond Decharme
StarringJean Gabin
Daniel Gélin
Antonin Berval
Martine Carol
CinematographyRoger Hubert
Edited byGermaine Artus
Music byMaurice Yvain
Sud-Pacifique Films
Distributed byGaumont-Eagle Lion
Release date
  • 2 May 1947 (1947-05-02)
Running time
90 minutes

Mirror (French: Miroir) is a 1947 French crime drama film directed by Raymond Lamy and starring Jean Gabin, Daniel Gélin and Martine Carol.[1] [2] [3] It was shot at the Saint-Maurice Studios in Paris. The film's sets were designed by the art director Georges Wakhévitch. It was Gabin's second film following his return to his homeland after serving in the Free French forces after the poorly-received Martin Roumagnac (1946) alongside Marlene Dietrich. The film marks a shift from the doomed men of the pre-war poetic realism that established Gabin as a star to the powerful figures he played from the 1950s onwards.


A prominent, respected businessman Pierre Lussac leads a double life as a top Paris-based gangster operating out of a flourishing nightclub and casino with a large number of public officials in his pocket. A smooth operator he acts as a fixer for his various associates.

In his home life his adopted son is taking his first steps as a lawyer and becomes engaged to a woman from a prominent family. His upper-class wife, his younger children and his mother-in-law add to his air of respectability despite his ordinary roots.

Things take a turn for the worse when a southern gang based in Marseille led by Folco declares war on his own organisation. Blood is shed in a series of fights. The bad publicity from this spills over to his private and business life, intruding into his son's wedding and leading his wife and mother-in-law to turn on him. His former friends in government turn their backs on him. Only his mistress, a singer in his nightclub remains loyal to him, and begs him to go away with her. However he decides to stay and fight his ground.

Before his final confrontation with his enemies, Lussac meets with a former associate who had escaped from prison after severing a sentence for taking part in a raid in 1935. He refused to inform on his colleagues but is outraged that his son, who Lussac had adopted as his own without his authority, is now a lawyer. He taunts Lussac for having betrayed his roots. Lussac shoots him dead. In a final gunfight at in the graveyard at his funeral Lussac overcomes his southern gangster rivals before being shot down himself by the police.



Miroir was produced by Alcina and Sud-Pacifique Films.[1]

The assistant director for the film was Raymond Bailly, the dialogue writer was Carlo Rim, the screenwriters were Paul Ollivier and Carlo Rim, the director of photography was Roger Hubert, the sound engineers were Jean Putel and Jacques Carrère, the cinematographer was Marc Fossard, the production director was Marcel Bryau, the editor was Germaine Artus, the script supervisor was Jacqueline Loir, the production designers were Roland Berthon and Georges Wakhevitch, the composer was Maurice Yvain, the make-up artist was Boris de Fast, and the general manager was Claude Pinoteau.[1]

The film is in black and white and was shot with 35 mm movie film. The aspect ratio of the film was 1.37:1, the Academy ratio. The audio of the film was monaural.[1] The duration of the film is 90 minutes.[1]

The film was the second French film that Jean Gabin acted in after spending World War II in the United States.[4]

The film was the first film that Jacques Sernas acted in. He played a boxer.[5][6]


Miroir was distributed in France by Les Films de la Pléiade and Compagnie Parisienne de Location de Films [fr]. The film was distributed internationally by Les Films du Jeudi.[1]

The film was released in France on May 2, 1947.[1][7]


In France, Miroir had box office admissions of 1,776,310.[7]

In the book Jean Gabin: The Actor Who Was France, Joseph Harriss described Miroir as a "mediocre gangster movie" and quoted Gabin as saying "I prefer to forget that one."[8]

In the book Paris In The Dark: Going To The Movies In The City Of Light, 1930–1950, Eric Smoodin wrote that Miroir was "among the least favored" films to play at the Gaumont-Palace theater.[4]

The film was favorably reviewed by Antoine Sire for Paris Fait Son Cinéma.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Miroir". UniFrance (in French). Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  2. ^ Turk p.367
  3. ^ Harriss p.196
  4. ^ a b Smoodin, Eric (2020). Paris In The Dark: Going To The Movies In The City Of Light. Duke University Press. p. 149. ISBN 9781478007531.
  5. ^ "Finnish Dancer Debuts". Los Angeles Times. January 2, 1955. Retrieved March 4, 2021 – via
  6. ^ Adams, Marjoy (March 23, 1956). "Marjory Adams - Movie Question Box". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 4, 2021 – via
  7. ^ a b "Miroir - Jean Gabin Box Office 1947". Box Office Story (in French). Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  8. ^ Harriss, Joseph (2018). Jean Gabin: The Actor Who Was France. McFarland. p. 153. ISBN 9781476634609.
  9. ^ Sire, Antoine (January 6, 2016). "Gabin mène la guerre des gangs Paris-Marseille dans Miroir". Paris Fait Son Cinéma (in French). Retrieved March 4, 2021.


  • Harriss, Joseph. Jean Gabin: The Actor Who Was France. McFarland, 2018.
  • Turk, Edward Baron. Child of Paradise: Marcel Carné and the Golden Age of French Cinema. Harvard University Press, 1989.

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