PANIQUE

Directed by Julien DUVIVIER
US release date: May 5, 2017

"If I were an architect and I had to build a monument to the cinema," wrote Jean Renoir, "I would place a statue of Julien Duvivier above the entrance." Duvivier made 70 films between 1919 and 1967, many of them landmarks of French cinema. His first postwar project, a noir adaptation of Georges Simenon's Mr. Hire's Engagement, stars Michel Simon as a reviled voyeur framed for a murder by the girl he adores. Now widely considered the finest Simenon adaptation, the long-unseen PANIQUE has finally been given the vivid restoration it deserves.


“A TINGLING, COMPACT, KALEIDOSCOPIC THRILLER! SHOULD SEND SHIVERS THROUGH AUDIENCES ALREADY WORRIED ABOUT MOB RULE, ENFORCED CONFORMITY, AND A WILLINGNESS TO PIN BLAME ON ANYONE DIFFERENT.”

Michael Sragow, Film Comment


Playing at Laemmle’s Royal in West Los Angeles May 5 through 11.


Distributor: Rialto Pictures
First Release (France): January 15, 1947

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