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Un roi sans divertissement (1963)

A policeman and a serial killer play cat and mouse in an isolated mountain village in Nineteenth century France.




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Complete credited cast:
Claude Giraud ...
Capitaine Langlois
Colette Renard ...
Le procureur du Roi
Pierre Repp ...
Albert Rémy ...
Le maire
René Blancard ...
Le curé


One Winter in the Ninetenth century. A mysterious crime has been committed in an isolated village of the Aubrac region. A retired prosecutor who lives there asks Langlois, a police captain, to investigate the case. The police officer accepts, settles down in the village and, by dint of obstinacy, winds up finding out who committed the murder. But, while tracking down the slayer, Langlois also discovers something very unpleasant about himself, he too loves killing... Written by Guy Bellinger

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30 August 1963 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A King Without Distraction  »

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(Westrex System)



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2.35 : 1
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Having made friends with Jean Giono, Édouard Molinaro was asked by the writer to co-write and direct the film. They did write a first draft of the script and went as far as to scout locations in the Aubrac region but the project failed for production reasons. François Leterrier took over two years later. See more »


Pourquoi faut-il que les hommes s'ennuient?
Written, Composed and interpreted by Jacques Brel
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A king without distraction : A murder mystery about the strangeness of human mind
5 February 2009 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

"Un roi sans divertissement" is a highly unusual French film based on a book written by famous French writer Jean Giono who was born in Manosque,France.He also took part in the writing of the film.I got a chance to see this film when it was shown at an annual cinema event created for the restoration of old films "Rencontres Internationales du Cinéma de Vincennes" 2006 at Vincennes near Paris.A new restored version of this film was shown at Vincennes in the presence of its director François Leterrier.Although this film is a prolific murder mystery,the best thing about it is its depiction of rural life in France.Each character appears lost as if something has happened to the world around.We see how ordinary people go about their normal lives despite the fact that killings have occurred in their midst.It must be stated that "Un roi sans divertissement" succeeds because it shows more of human character then a simple murder mystery.We get to have a first hand vision of why people kill.The film has more or less remained faithful to the original book "Un roi sans divertissement". This is something which makes this film an outstanding work which is hard to classify in the realm of French cinema. This is one of the good reasons to watch this film as not many good novels have been made into good films.

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