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.
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!
God I love this film. Louis Jouvet has never been better, and those who think of Clouzot as a misanthrope, they need to see this. The cinematography is splendid, the characters wonderfully developed and what a treat to see France at this point in time, the theaters, the streets... Bernard Blier and Suzy Delair also deserve mention, as the couple who serve as the film's central focus they really are charming, lovely.