Clean Slate

Purists may object to Tavernier's treatment of Jim Thompson's excellent if sordid and sadistic thriller, Pop.1280, but this eccentric, darkly comic look at a series of bizarre murders is stylishly well-crafted, and thoroughly entertaining. Transferring the action from the American Deep South to French West Africa in the late '30s, Tavernier elicits a characteristically colourful performance from Noiret as the manic but outwardly easy going slob of a cop who initiates a private vendetta against the town's more obnoxious citizens by resorting to murder. Strange insights into the effects of racism and the complicity of its victims, embellished with black wit and an elegant visual sense.

Release details

Duration: 128 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Screenwriter: Jean Aurenche, Bertrand Tavernier
Cast: Philippe Noiret
Isabelle Huppert
Jean-Pierre Marielle
St├ęphane Audran
Eddy Mitchell
Guy Marchand
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