1946. France. Julien Duvivier. 96 min.
Saturday, May 2, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
1946. France. Directed by Julien Duvivier. Screenplay by Julien Duvivier, Charles Spaak, based on the novel Les Fiançailles de Monsieur Hire by Georges Simenon. With Michel Simon, Viviane Romance, Max Dalban. Duvivier's late masterpiece, a coruscating vision of evil, foreshadows Hitchcock in its tensions and recalls Henri-Georges Clouzot’s The Raven and Fritz Lang's Fury in its themes of small-town hysteria and the framing of an innocent man. Simon gives a virtuoso performance as the lonely, voyeuristic bachelor Monsieur Hire, who falls for a gangster's seductive moll and is set up for the murder of an old woman. In French; English subtitles. 96 min.