Early dud from Chabrol can't decide if it wants to be a French 'Long Hot Summer' or a Hitchcock thriller. Which leaves it short on both atmosphere and tension, and the papier maché characters can't do anything to keep it interesting. Belmondo super unreal as the Hungarian windbag who bosses an haute family around.
35mm, chromatically degraded print. While rewatching this film i noticed something that had not yet occurred to me: in fact and formally, especially in his 60s and 70s films, Chabrol is a generational link between Hitchcock and De Palma, filmmakers of spirals of looks and its multiple Implications. See the scene of the murder revelation and how the camera descends on the various characters, varying the perspectives.
The debut of Laszlo Kovacs as played by Belmondo! How is it that Belmondo was using this name years before the first film by the legendary cinematographer? Belmondo's "Michel Poiccard" used it as a pseudonym in BREATHLESS (1960). The cinematographer made his first feature in 1966, in the USA. There is no record of him having done anything prior to "64! If anyone can explain this, the comments box is below...
Great movie overall. A perfect picture of the "burgoises" in the French Champagne with a solid plot and a stellar Belmondo in the role of a freerider in the middle of the mess. You'll need to order a couple of pastis (French Anis) and croissants in order to see it ;)