Julien Duvivier taps into postā€war France’s paranoia in a long unavailable thriller, adapted from a Georges Simenon novel Proud, eccentric, and antiā€social, Monsieur Hire (Michel Simon) has always kept to himself.

But after a woman turns up dead in the Paris suburb where he lives, he feels drawn to a pretty young newcomer to town (Viviane Romance), discovers that his neighbours are only too ready to be suspicious of him, and is framed for the murder. Based on a novel by Georges Simenon, the first film made by Julien Duvivier after his return to France from Hollywood, finds the acclaimed poetic realist applying his consummate craft to darker, moodier ends. Propelled by its two deeply nuanced lead performances, the tensely noirish Panique exposes the dangers of the knivesā€out mob mentality, delivering a pointed allegory of the behaviour of Duvivier’s countrymen during the war.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • 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 reā€release trailer
  • New English subtitle translation by Duvivier expert Lenny Borger
  • PLUS: Essays by film scholar James Quandt and Borger
Certificate:
TBC
Actor:
Michel Simon

Viviane Romance
Director:
Julien Duvivier
Region:
B
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
French
Subtitle Languages:

English

Run Time:
approx. 1 hour 38 minutes
studio:
CRITERION COLLECTION
Theatrical Release Year:
1946

Panique - The Criterion Collection

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Julien Duvivier taps into postā€war France’s paranoia in a long unavailable thriller, adapted from a Georges Simenon novel Proud, eccentric, and antiā€social, Monsieur Hire (Michel Simon) has always kept to himself.

But after a woman turns up dead in the Paris suburb where he lives, he feels drawn to a pretty young newcomer to town (Viviane Romance), discovers that his neighbours are only too ready to be suspicious of him, and is framed for the murder. Based on a novel by Georges Simenon, the first film made by Julien Duvivier after his return to France from Hollywood, finds the acclaimed poetic realist applying his consummate craft to darker, moodier ends. Propelled by its two deeply nuanced lead performances, the tensely noirish Panique exposes the dangers of the knivesā€out mob mentality, delivering a pointed allegory of the behaviour of Duvivier’s countrymen during the war.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • 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 reā€release trailer
  • New English subtitle translation by Duvivier expert Lenny Borger
  • PLUS: Essays by film scholar James Quandt and Borger
Certificate:
TBC
Actor:
Michel Simon

Viviane Romance
Director:
Julien Duvivier
Region:
B
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
French
Subtitle Languages:

English

Run Time:
approx. 1 hour 38 minutes
studio:
CRITERION COLLECTION
Theatrical Release Year:
1946
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