From Montmartre to the remote French countryside, Maigret encounters the dark side of the human psyche. Yet, he manages to maintain both compassion and a sense of humor as he explores the complex motives that lie behind every crime.
A series of vicious, murderous attacks on three wealthy farms in Picardy hit the national headlines and the elite Brigade Criminelle at the Quay Des Orfevres is called upon to lend its expertise in tracking down the brutal gang responsible for the slaughter. However, Inspector Maigret is resolute in investigating the murder of an obscure anonymous Parisian, an investigation that ultimately solves both crimes.
To re-create 1950s Paris, the drama was mostly filmed in Budapest, Hungary. See more »
At 32 minutes and 10 seconds into the film, Chief Inspector Jules Maigret and two other inspectors follow a lead to the Au Petit Albert pub. Maigret puts a black glove on his right hand to open the door to the pub.
They all enter the pub and investigate inside.
While looking around, one of the inspectors finds a picture frame on a dresser and picks it up with his bare left hand as Maigret stands on his right side looking on.
There movie then cuts to a close-up shot of the picture frame showing the pictures. The inspector's left hand is holding the left side of the picture frame, as it is shown to Maigret standing on the right side camera view.
The inspector then asks Maigret (while the movie holds the close up on the picture frame) "Do you recognize anyone." At this time Maigret's left hand is seen coming into the bottom of the frame to grasp the picture frame using his left which does not have a glove on it.
Just as Maigret grabs the picture frame, the movie cuts immediately to a wide shot at a low angle showing the inspectors looking at the picture frame.
The continuity goof is now clearly visible because Maigret is now holding the picture frame with his gloved right hand.
This was a seamless straight cut which immediately carried the the scene. So no time was possible for the Maigret to switch the picture frame to his right hand.
This is the continuity error.
On a side note, both inspectors initially handle the frame (before the continuity goof) with their bare hands which can leave their fingerprints on the outside of the picture frame.
This handling of the picture frame with their bare hands negates the initial concern Maigret implied when first putting on his right hand glove when opening the door to the pub. See more »
In the final credits the character played by Matt Devere is listed as "Detetctive" See more »
Every camera angle is a painting and not a second is wasted.
(Take note, BBC... there is no need to insert noisy music, misplaced minorities and left wing ideology to make first class drama.)
This time, the second outing of the latest re-boot, Maigret (Rowan Atkinson) almost takes a back seat to the events and characters that surround him. It's a low-energy drama that sees a heavy emphasis on characters and almost none on action.
Also, there isn't much of a story to sink yourself into and unlike the Foyle mysteries, there doesn't seem to be that slow crescendo of suspense that leads to a final act.
This style of drama probably won't appeal much to many people under thirty years old!
But for me, this was a treat... the meticulous yet understated set details (the cars were old and dirty, NOT showroom new and shiny clean!), the disarming harmony between Maigret and Mrs Maigret, the music (which mostly stayed in the background where it should be)... it was British TV drama at it's finest.
I hope that the team that went into this production stay together long enough to churn out a few more just like it. Merry Christmas, me!
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