Criterion Collection: Panique

Criterion Collection: Panique

Director: Julien Duvivier Cast: Michel Simon, Viviane Romance, Paul Bernard

Blu-ray (Special Edition / Wide Screen / Restored / Subtitled)

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Overview

For his first French film in nearly a decade (he'd spent the war years in Hollywood), filmmaker Julien Duvivier chose to adapt Les Fiançailles de Monsieur Hire, a novel by Georges Simenon. Panique, as Duvivier's version was titled, is a twisted tale of murder, subterfuge and revenge from "Beyond." Middle-aged loner Monsieur Hire (Michel Simon) falls for his neighbor Alice (Viviane Romance) only to be framed for the murder commited by Alice's lover Alfred (Paul Bernard). The ending suggests that the actual culprits are going to get their well-deserved comeuppance, though exoneration comes a shade too late for the luckless Monsieur Hire. The Simenon book was filmed again in 1989, as the excellent Monsieur Hire, directed by Patrice Leconte, a film as bleakly pessimistic as the original, more in keeping with the style and tone of the literary source.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/18/2018
UPC: 0715515224017
Original Release: 1946
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 5,048

Special Features

The Art of Subtitling, a new short documentary by Bruce Goldstein, founder and copresident of Rialto Pictures, about the history of subtitles; New interview with author Pierre Simenon, the son of novelist Georges Simenon; Conversation from 2015 between critics Guillemette Odicino and Eric Libiot about director Julien Duvivier and the film's production history; Rialto Pictures rerelease trailer; New English subtitle translation by Duvivier expert Lenny Borger

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