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What is French TV waiting for?
1 April 2006
This made-for-TV miniseries is IMHO the best version of Leroux's
classic.L'Herbier's thirties effort is hardly watchable today because
of its obsolete playing .Podalydès's in a style closer to Belgian comic
strips ,is not much convincing.
This one has a tight suspenseful screenplay and a fine cast:Claude
Brasseur is the best Rouletabille in history,along with Roland Toutain
and François Maistre,Catherine Rouvel,Lucien Nat and Marika Green (a
beautiful mysterious Mathilde Stangerson)are first-class
thespians.Filmed in Touraine ,in Le Rivau castle near Chinon,its
filming on location is a great improvement on the Lherbier version.
A very suspenseful atmosphere, a sense of mystery,and an added scene
which is not featured in the book: Rouletabille prisoner in an elevator
....on the Eiffel Tower! The second part of the novel "le Parfum de la
Dame en Noir" was filmed afterward ,but with a different cast ,and the
charm was partly broken.
What is the French TV waiting for?When will they
screen it again, after all those years?
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