Jenny Lamour (Suzy Delair) sings in a music hall in postwar Paris, accompanied by her husband, Maurice Martineau (Bernard Blier), on piano. When Martineau notices his wife flirting with an older businessman named Georges Brignon, he follows her to Brignon’s house with the intent to kill him.
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4.5* Beautiful restoration of a quintessential Post-war French Crime film. It seems like every trope associated with the genre is here: a femme fatale singing with a cigarette in her mouth, the unfaithful cabaret singer and her shlub husband, the patient and wise detective, and all in a multitude of fabulous but typical Parisian locations. If you've got a craving for an old French Crime Picture, this will satisfy it.
This is a beautiful noir thriller from one of the greatest masters of the cinema Henri Georges Clouzot. Clouzot's filmmaking was revolutionary and his influence can be seen in almost every facet of the cinema. A true artist who was far superior to Hitchcock.
Another Clouzot masterpiece, this time moving, 'behind our backs', from a comedy of manners to a crime thriller, combining genuinely erotic flavour of both heterosexual and homosexual leanings. Jouvet is brilliant as the detective, whose geometrical mind unravels the mystery, a character whose sexual repression (the can-can backstages) is sublimated into protection of the dispossessed in what is ravishing cinema!