Mathias Desgrez is the last descendant of the policeman who arrested the Marquise de Brinvilliers, who was responsible for many cases of poisoning during the reign of Louis XIV. One night, whilst a masked ball is in full swing, Mathias is killed.
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Gothic movie made in France. Reason and Supernatural collide in the mist of the Black Forest. There is at least one memorable scene in The Burning Court: at Desgrez's funeral, everybody starts to waltz around the coffin. A great moment. With this film, Duivivier sticks out his tongue at his comrades of the French New Wave by reminding them that cinema didn't begin with Godard. A curiosity. Recommended.
Un mélange lourdement hétéroclite de situations souvent discutables quant à leur véracité et leur plausibilité, plombé par une pesante accumulation d'évènements surnuméraires donnant à l'ensemble la dérangeante impression d'un indigeste pot pourri, d'une frelatée macédoine à laquelle s'est invité le Grand-Guignol... www.cinefiches.com