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This Man Must Die (1969)

Que la bête meure (original title)
A man asserts himself within the life of an actress he believes is somehow responsible for his son's death.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Duchaussoy ...
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Hélène Lanson
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Anouk Ferjac ...
Jeanne Decourt
Marc Di Napoli ...
Phillippe Decourt
Louise Chevalier ...
Madame Levenes
Guy Marly ...
Jacques Ferrand
Lorraine Rainer ...
Anna Ferrand
Dominique Zardi ...
Le premier inspecteur
Stéphane Di Napoli ...
Michel Thenier
Raymone ...
La mère de Paul
Michel Charrel ...
Le ferrailleur
France Girard
Bernard Papineau ...
Le policier
Robert Rondo ...
Le garagiste
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Single father obsessed with murdering the hit&run driver who killed his only child, poses as a screenwriter to get close to an actress who was in the death car. He feels fully prepared to kill the pretty young woman if she was the driver, but as his knowledge of her family grows, so does his empathy for them. Written by David Stevens

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The role of Paul Decourt was first proposed to Philippe Noiret , but he refused , especially because he dreaded the boat scenes. When Claude Chabrol proposed the role to Jean Yanne, the latter answered him: "I do not see any abjection". See more »

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Vier ernste Gesänge
Written by Johannes Brahms
Sung by Kathleen Ferrier (as Katleen Ferrier)
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Claude Chabrol shows us the true meaning of death,life and revenge
24 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

If there is a Gallic director who likes to surprise his admirers with new tricks,unexpected methods and iconoclastic stance,it is new wave master Claude Chabrol.There have been many bright moments in his illustrious career when he has made films for them which could only be appreciated by a sharp brain and attentive eyes.Que la bête meure is a hard to classify film which is neither a thriller nor a run of the mill revenge drama.It is a film which plays with all leading conventions of these two genres.This man must die starts well with the depiction of a reckless accident.It is quite possible that this might induce inattentive viewers to regard it as a revenge drama.This is not the case as viewers are quickly caught in a maze of crucial dramatic scenes that have direct bearing on film's progress.Caroline Cellier and Michel Duchaussoy perform well as lovers whose relationship has a lot of bearing on this film's progress.Chabrol is known for avoiding a not so happy end for his film.This is the reason why "This man must die" will prepare you to imagine your own type of end in order to do injustice to the concept of happy end of this film.


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