THE MURDERER LIVES AT 21 [L'ASSASSIN HABITE AU 21] (Masters of Cinema) (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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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.Published on 3 Dec. 2013 by Amazon Customer