|PANIC (PANIQUE) (director/writer: Julien Duvivier; screenwriters: Charles Spaak/based on the novel Les Fiançailles de Monsieur Hire by Georges Simenon; cinematographer: Nicolas Hayer; editor: Marthe Poncin ; music: Jean Wiener; cast: Michel Simon (Monsieur Hire), Viviane Romance (Alice), Paul Bernard (Albert), Max Dalban (Capoulade), Charles Dorat (Inspector Michelet); Runtime: 98; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Pierre O'Connell ; Filmsonor; 1946-France-in French with English subtitles)|
|"It's more a psychological
thriller than a criminal one."
by Dennis Schwartz
psychological crime thriller finely directed by
Julien Duvivier ("Pepe Le Moko"/"Man in
the Raincoat"/"Le Golem"), who is known for his
stylistic "poetic realism" films. Panic
is based on the novel Les
Fiançailles de Monsieur Hire by Georges
Simenon. The bleak black and white shot
screenplay is co-written by Duvivier
and Charles Spaak.
respectable middle-aged loner Monsieur Hire
(Michel Simon) has a crush on his not so nice
neighbor Alice (Viviane Romance),
just released from jail after taking the fall for
her criminal boyfriend. When an old maid is
slain in a robbery in the suburbs of Paris by Alice's
criminal lover Albert (Paul Bernard),
the pathetic and unlikable Hire is framed by the
couple for her murder because he knows Albert is the
atmosphere is dark, as it depicts how people can be
misled in their rush to judgment when inflamed by rash
public opinion and are driven into a frenzy by the
'lynching party' mentality voiced by some blockhead
more a psychological thriller than a criminal one, as
its main interest is to show what happens when people
panic and stop thinking rationally.
The film was excellently remade in 1989 as Monsieur Hire by director Patrice Leconte.
REVIEWED ON 11/6/2014 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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