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This Man Must Die (1969)
"Que la bête meure" (original title)

GP  -  Thriller  -  20 October 1970 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Charles Desvallées has good reasons to believe that his wife is cheating on him and hires a P.D. in order to prove himself right. Once he knows the lover is writer Victor Pégala, he drives ... See full summary »

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Stars: Stéphane Audran, Michel Bouquet, Maurice Ronet
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Duchaussoy ...
Caroline Cellier ...
Jean Yanne ...
Anouk Ferjac ...
Marc Di Napoli ...
Louise Chevalier ...
Madame Levenes
Guy Marly ...
Lorraine Rainer ...
Dominique Zardi ...
Police inspector
Stéphane Di Napoli ...
Raymone ...
Michel Charrel ...
Le casseur
France Girard
Bernard Papineau
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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When Paul's wife talks to Charles about the "Nouveau Roman", she mentions several writers, including Paul Gégauff, who is credited in this movie for the screenplay and dialogue. See more »

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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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Vier ernste Gesänge
Written by Johannes Brahms
Sung by Kathleen Ferrier
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the French bourgeoisie at their worst
28 August 2006 | by (Greenwich - London) – See all my reviews

A particularly difficult film to comment upon without giving away vital plot elements but it has to be one of the director's finest. It has the suspense he can work so well, it has the the French bourgeoisie at their worst, it has gentle eroticism and sudden brutality.

We also have here superb story telling combined with high emotional content and a continuous switchback ride of twist and turns, even though we, seemingly,have the whole plot of the film placed openly before us within minutes of the opening credits.

Meticulously directed, there is not a superfluous scene, nor even a superfluous gesture. It is pure riveting cinema from start to finish

Great performances, great camera-work, great Chabrol.


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