The Gypsy (Gitan, Le) (1975)

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Due Out for Sale 23-Sep-2009

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Crime None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1975
Running Time 98:15
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By José Giovanni
Madman Entertainment
Starring Alain Delon
Paul Meurisse
Annie Girardot
Marcel Bozzuffi
Bernard Giraudeau
Renato Salvatori
Maurice Barrier
Maurice Biraud
Nicolas Vogel
Michel Fortin
Pierre Danny
Adolfo Lastretti
Rino Bolognesi
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music Claude Bolling

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.66:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.66:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Alain Delon is Hugo Sennart aka The Gypsy. Sennart is a long-suffering gypsy, a social outcast and wanted man. Protected by his fellow people, Sennart is a ruthless criminal, and the crimes he commits are in the name of the injustices suffered by his people. As Sennart prepares to disappear once and for all, he must settle old scores and his plight is shown parallel to that of Yan Kuq (Paul Meurisse), an aging professional jewel thief, who is also a wanted man.

    As the police close in on Kuq and Sennart, the two find themselves having to work together to evade capture and because of their differences ‘honour among thieves’ comes into question, particularly since the two criminals are separated by class and the reasons for their crimes – Sennart has struggled due to his environment and steals to survive, while Kuq, simply steals because he can.

    Written and directed by José Giovanni, The Gypsy is an interesting crime-drama, which presents the predicaments of two different criminals without any sense of romanticism.

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Transfer Quality


    Presented in 1:66:1 16x9 enhanced widescreen, the transfer is satisfactory considering the age of the film. The colour scheme is natural and the transfer at most times sharp and defined.

    While shadow detail is equally adequate, mild film grain and assorted artefacts appear throughout the feature film. There are no subtitles available for the feature film.

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Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    There is only a 2.0 English soundtrack available on this DVD. This soundtrack is clear and does not exhibit any problems.

    The film is scored with an original score by Claude Bolling and classic songs by Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt.

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Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


Main Menu

    A still derived from the DVD artwork of the ‘Best French Flicks’ boxset, with options for 12 scene selections.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This title is currently available in R4 as part of the ‘Best French Flicks’ boxset from Madman, and the ‘French Screen Icons – Alain Delon 2’ boxset.

    Overseas this title is only available in the R2 (France) 10 Disc barebones boxset of Alain Delon films from Studio Canal, along with the following titles; The Red Circle, The Burned Barns, Un Flic, Red Sun, Plein Soleil, Icy Flesh, Honor Among Thieves, The Widow Couderc , Armaguedon

    It is unknown if this boxset is English Friendly.

    The R1 (US) ‘Alain Delon 5 Film boxset’ also contains this title with the original French soundtrack with English subtitles - along with The Swimming Pool, Diabolically Yours, The Widow Couderc, Our Story.


    Written and directed by José Giovanni, The Gypsy is an interesting crime-drama which presents the predicaments of two different criminals without any sense of romanticism.

    The DVD release is satisfactory, although the absence of the original French soundtrack is disappointing. This title is currently available in 2 reasonably priced boxsets - 'Best French Crime Flicks' and 'French Screen Icons - Alain Delon 2'.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Vanessa Appassamy (Biography)
Thursday, November 12, 2009
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