April 12th, 2017 by PRatt
May 28, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

(France, 1947) Written and directed by Julien Duvivier, based on the novel by Georges Simenon. Cast: Michel Simon, Viviane Romance, Paul Bernard.

You don’t have to wait until next year’s April in Paris Festival to see a brand new restoration of a classic French movie at Cinestudio! Director Julien Duvier, who spent World War II in Hollywood, returned to Paris to make a Georges Simenon mystery with disturbing relevance to the Nazi Occupation. A shy middle-aged Jewish man, Monsieur Hire, falls in love with Alice, a beautiful young woman who has just been released from prison after taking the fall for her murderous lover, Alfred. As Monsieur Hire (Michel Simon) exchanges secrets with the bewitching Alice, she and the sociopathic Alfred whip up suspicion in the neighborhood about their unsuspecting prey.
“It’s a joy to watch…it’s not panic; it’s a kind of monstrous ecstasy. And it’s this unsettling quality that renders Panique unforgettable.” – Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice. 90 min.

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