Nous sommes tous des assassins / We Are All Murderers

TitleNous sommes tous des assassins / We Are All Murderers
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1952
AuthorsCayatte, André
Running Time1h 55min
Date Released05/21/1952
DistributorAlliance Générale de Distribution Cinématographique (AGDC)
Publication LanguageFrench

René Le Guen (Marcel Mouloudji) is a former French resistance fighter trained as a young man as a professional killer. After World War II, he has no qualms continuing to kill and is arrested for murder. Convicted and condemned to death, he is held in a prison cell with other murderers sentenced to death. The men to be guillotined are taken out at night, so they wait in fear and only sleep after dawn. While Le Guen's lawyer (Claude Laydu) tries to achieve a pardon for his client, three of Le Guen's fellow inmates are executed, one by one, over the course of the film. The film, a broader commentary on and critique of the death penalty and social inequality in post-war France, won the Jury Prize at the 1952 Cannes Film Festival. 

Alternate TitleAre We All Murderers?
Original PublicationNous sommes tous des assassins
Entry by GWC Assistants / Work by GWC Assistants : 

Type of Literature:

Time Period:


Library Location: 
Call Number: