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THE MURDERER LIVES AT 21 [L'ASSASSIN HABITE AU 21] (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray)

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  • Directors: Henri-Georges CLOUZOT
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 20 May 2013
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AMGIRCK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,270 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.

SPECIAL BLU - RAY EDITION:

  • Gorgeous new Gaumont restoration of the film in its original aspect ratio, presented in 1080p HD on the Blu - ray
  • 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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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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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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Clouzot is a meticulous director, and this debut film of his is quite entertaining. It is quite a far remove from Wages of Fear, but his characters are true to life and the cinematography is excellent. Any fan of Clouzot should enjoy this little film, and I love Suzy Delair in this.
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Detective Pierre Fresnay (Wens) goes to stay in a boarding house in the guise of a priest in order to catch a serial killer – Mr Durand. His annoying girlfriend Suzy Delair (Mila) also checks in and we meet a cast of characters who may or may not be the killer.

The film starts well with the sequence of the drunk lottery winner in the bar and the mysterious woman wanting to befriend him. We follow his story but it is pretty short-lived. It’s a gripping beginning and one that draws you into the film which, at this point, looks like it is going to be an effective thriller. The next memorable scene comes when the petty criminal is sitting on the bus shelter and insulting the policeman – very funny. However, that’s where the comedy should have stopped. Unfortunately, the whole film descends into a comedy/mystery and so all tension is diffused and the audience just watches without any real emotional connection. It could have been so much better.

There are other pluses - the dialogue is sharp and magician Jean Tissier (Triquet) lives in an amusing room cluttered with objects that are no longer functional - and minuses – Delair’s voice is annoying and on my copy, the subtitles weren’t quite in sync so it helped that I understood French so as to follow who was saying what. As entertainment, the film is an ok whodunit like many others.
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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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