• Strangers in the House

    1942. France. Henri Decoin. 91 min.

Thursday, December 15, 2011, 4:30 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • Strangers in the House

    1942. France. Directed by Henri Decoin. Screenplay by Henri-Georges Clouzot, based on the novel by Georges Simenon. With Raimu, Juliette Faber, Jean Tissier. Decoin’s under-appreciated wartime noir, made for the Nazi-financed French production company Continental Films and adapted by Clouzot from a Simenon detective story, was attacked after liberation for its purported National Socialist moralizing. Raimu, star of Marcel Pagnol’s Fanny trilogy in the 1930s, plays an alcoholic lawyer who is roused from his world-weary lassitude to vigorously defend his daughter’s boyfriend on murder charges. The film anticipates Le Corbeau in its sinister, paranoid atmosphere and its depiction of a bleak, secretive provincial town during the occupation; it, too, was censored after the war. 91 min.

In the Film exhibition Henri-Georges Clouzot

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