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Film / OSS 117 is Not Dead

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OSS 117 is Not Dead (French:OSS 117 n'est pas mort) is a 1957 French spy film directed by Jean Sacha, with a screenplay by Jacques Berland and Jean Lévitte. It marked the film debut of the literary secret agent created by Jean Bruce, Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, code name OSS 117.

OSS 117 (Ivan Desny) is asked for help by a female acquaintance, Muriel Rousset (Magali Noël). She beseeches him to retrieve secret documents which have been stolen from Sir Anthony Lead (Georges Lannes), the father of Anita (Danik Patisson) and Marion (Marie Déa). He complies with her wish and no obstacle or danger can hinder him to meet her expectations.


This film provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Bar Brawl: A bar fight occurs at the beginning, between OSS 117 and some other guys while Anita cowers under a table. Punches are intercut with shots of the bar's pinball machine and its score sounds.
  • Film Noir: The general aesthetics and character archetypes are noir-ish.
  • Left the Background Music On: A recurring trope in there.
    • The soundtrack heard at the beginning turns out to be played on a disc player, which automatically changes tune after the reveal.
    • When Anita frantically puts a skirt on as she's locked in her apartment, a music that's just as frantic is playing. Then she turns her radio off, and it stops playing.
    • When 117 meets Muriel, she turns a radio off and the soundtrack that didn't sound like it was diegetic up to that point stops playing.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Anita is a stripper, and her wardrobe highlights her curves.
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  • Shoe Phone: OSS 117 has a photo camera disguised as a cigarette pack.
  • Spy Fiction: Stale Beer flavor for OSS 117's cinematic debut.