A film by Julien Duvivier
(1947) In the Paris suburb of Villejuif, suspicion and gossip run rampant after the discovery of a middle-aged woman's body in a vacant lot. Number one suspect: bearded, aloof shutterbug Michel Simon’s Monsieur Hire. Is he a peeping tom? A pervert? Not the ideal spot for back-from-the-slammer Viviane Romance to start a new life – but then there’s sleazy old flame Paul Bernard hanging around. And her very open window is just across from Hire’s – who proves to have another life. Long unseen anywhere, Duvivier’s first film back in France after a WWII Hollywood stint has steadily gained stature, not least because it's that rare thing: an adaptation of Belgian crime titan Georges Simenon that’s actually darker than the original (his novel Mr. Hire’s Engagement), with its final shot, amid the village carnival that must still go on, the most callous – and doomed – thrill ride in film history.
DVD extras include:
- The Art of Subtitling, a new short documentary by Bruce Goldstein, Film Forum repertory programmer and 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 rerelease trailer
- New English subtitle translation by Duvivier expert Lenny Borger
- PLUS: Essays by film scholar James Quandt and Borger
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