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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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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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This film is based on a British novel of the 1930s written (under a pseudonym) by the poet C. Day Lewis, and is one of several novels by him to feature as its hero the brilliant amateur sleuth Nigel Strangeways. This adaptation, in addition to moving the action to modern-day France, entirely leaves out this leading character (or any new French character equivalent to him). See more »

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Referenced in The Beast Must Die (1974) See more »

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Vier ernste Gesänge
Written by Johannes Brahms
Sung by Kathleen Ferrier
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Claude Chabrol shows us the true meaning of death,life and revenge
24 September 2008 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – 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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