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Time Out says

Enigmatic, slyly amused, fastidious, swinging from bleak introspection to boisterous knockabout, such is the style of Landru, the character and the film both. Its first half is a series of repetitions: WW1 newsreels to confirm the period, Landru selecting a victim, winning her confidence; then a freeze-frame on a trusting face, followed by a smoking chimney and the English neighbours complaining about nasty smells. The remainder - arrest, trial, execution - is slightly anti-climactic, but carried along by Denner, his mincing movements, booming bass voice and his mesmerising strangeness making for a plausible mass murderer. It's violence-free, though not without visual shocks: bilious purple upholstery intruding into a world of pale pastel, a victim-to-be ominously aligned with a row of brimming coal scuttles.
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Release Details

  • Duration:119 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Claude Chabrol
  • Screenwriter:Françoise Sagan
  • Cast:
    • Catherine Rouvel
    • Danielle Darrieux
    • Hildegarde Neff
    • Charles Denner
    • Stéphane Audran
    • Raymond Queneau
    • Juliette Mayniel
    • Jean-Pierre Melville
    • Michèle Morgan
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