In year 1930, in Marseilles, the gangster Siffredi is released from prison and searches for his former girl friend, Lola. He finds her with Capella, another gangster. The two men fight over her but become friendly and form a partnership.
Capella and Siffredi fix horseraces and prizefights, then are contacted by Rinaldi, a lawyer who works for Marello and Poli, the gangsters who control crime in Marseilles. Rinaldi suggests that Siffredi and Capella seize control of Marello’s hold on the fish market business. They succeed in doing this but become ambitious and try to control Poli’s meat market operations. Poli tries to have them killed but they succeed in killing him.
Another gangster, The Dancer, kills Rinaldi. Capella and Siffredi dispose of his body and establish themselves as the rulers of the Marseilles crime world. Capella decides to leave Marseilles but is killed by an assassin. Siffredi then decides to leave Marseilles himself.
Borsalino is a 1970 gangster film directed by Jacques Deray and starring Alain Delon, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Catherine Rouvel. It was entered into the 20th Berlin International Film Festival.
In 2009 Empire Magazine named it #19 in a poll of the 20 Greatest Gangster Movies You’ve Never Seen* (*Probably) A sequel, Borsalino & Co., was released in 1974 with Alain Delon in the leading role.
Directed by: Jacques Deray
Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon, Catherine Rouvel, Françoise Christophe, Corinne Marchand, Laura Adani, Nicole Calfan, Hélène Rémy, Odette Piquet
Screenplay by: Jean-Claude Carrière, Jean Cau
Cinematography by: Jean-Jacques Tarbès
Film Editing by: Paul Cayatte
Costume Design by: Jacques Fonteray
Set Decoration by: Robert Christidès
Art Direction by: François de Lamothe
Music by. Claude Bolling
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: May 25, 1970