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The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (L'assassin habite au 21) [DVD] [1942]

Pierre Fresnay , Suzy Delair , Henri-Georges Clouzout    Parental Guidance   DVD
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  • Actors: Pierre Fresnay, Suzy Delair, Jean Tissier, Pierre Larquey, Nol Roquevert
  • Directors: Henri-Georges Clouzout
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, Black & White, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 20 May 2013
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,719 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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SYNOPSIS: One of the most revered names in world cinema, Henri - Georges Clouzot, made a remarkably self - assured debut in 1942 with the deliciously droll thriller The Murderer Lives at 21 [ L ' Assassin habite au 21] .

A thief and killer stalks the streets of Paris, leaving a calling card from " Monsieur Durand " at the scene of each crime. But after a cache of these macabre identifications is discovered by a burglar in the boarding house at 21 Avenue Junot, Inspector Wenceslas Vorobechik (Pierre Fresnay) takes lodging at the infamous address in an undercover bid to solve the crime, with help from his struggling - actress girlfriend Mila (Suzy Delair).

Featuring audacious directorial touches, brilliant performances, and a daring tone that runs the gamut from light comedy to sinister noir, as well as a subtle portrait of tensions under Nazi occupation, this overlooked gem from the golden age of French cinema is presented in a beautiful new high - definition restoration.

  • Gorgeous new Gaumont restoration of the film in its original aspect ratio
  • New and improved English subtitles
  • A fully - illustrated booklet, including the words of Henri - Georges Clouzot and rare imagery

REVIEWS: " good fun for whodunit fans " - The New York Times " clever cocktail of humour and drama " - Le Miroir de l ' Ecran

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Murderer Lives At 21 [L'Assassin Habite Au 21] (Masters Of Cinema)

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Early Gem! 13 Jun 2013
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This is a wonderfully assured debut by Henri-George Clouzot with an ingenious ending . The story has a fine ensemble of characters blending wit, macabre and drama. For me there is clear elements of Hitchcock's "Murder" as well as the comic touches of the "The Thin Man" that really set's it apart from the ordinary... Plus this being Clouzot one can also see themes that he would later return to, such as the boarding house here possessing elements of the village in "Le Corbeau "and the school in "Les Diabolques" all in all this is a very fine film and one to enjoy again and again. The picture and sound quality is also perfect as one has come to expect from Masters of Cinema.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Early Cinema Serial Killer 4 Aug 2013
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Great movie. Loved it. The direction, the production, the locales, the plot the action. The terrific cast. A real treat for a jaded crime film fan. A picture that could be able to be remade in the US today. However one I suspect that would be destroyed were this to happen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Murderer Lives at Number 21 17 April 2014
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The French are so good at mystery thrillers. This is an example at one of the best. It is atmospheric, menacing and utterly compelling. You will never guess the denouement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars French Noir. 3 Dec 2013
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Love French Noir. The older the better. I don't speak Franch but have no problem with sub-titles. This is a wonderful film. I recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fresnay Fuels This Early Clouzot Effort 23 Nov 2013
The resourceful Inspector Wens(Pierre Fresnay)is charged with capturing the elusive serial killer Monsieur Durand so named as he leaves a card with that name on the bodies of his victims. Wens showgirl sweetheart Mila Malou(Suzy Delair)decides to assist him as she believes any credit she may accrue from helping him could boost her flagging career.When an informant of Wens suggests looking closer at the guests of a down at heel boarding house 21 Avenue Junot, Wens assumes the identity of a priest and things start to move.

Part screwball comedy and conventional noir thriller, it takes time to adjust to constantly shifting in tone from one to the other but once you do there is much to enjoy here. Some of the repartee especially between Wens and Mila are a hoot and the hotel guests are a fairly colourful bunch- Jean Tissier as Lalah Poor and Marc Natol as Armand are standouts.It all builds up to a fairly satisfying conclusion with some clues along the way for the more observant.However it is Fresnay as the sardonic and cunning Wens who holds the piece together and whenever he is on screen Murderer Lives... fairly sparkles.

The restoration by Gaumont to these uneducated eyes is a decent one with good close ups and shadow definement is passable if a little grey. MoC include a nice 28 page booklet concerning the production but some sort of documentary about Clouzot and his career would have been a real bonus.

Still for fans of Clouzot an essential addition. Not quite Le Corbeau or Les Diaboliques but considerably more fun than the overinflated Wages Of Fear.
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