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Panique (1946)

Not Rated | | Drama | 26 November 1947 (USA)
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After an elderly maid is murdered, opinions are manipulated evidence is planted, violence erupts, and panic ensues.

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Julien Duvivier

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Charles Spaak (screenplay and dialogue), Julien Duvivier (screenplay and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Viviane Romance ... Alice
Michel Simon ... Monsieur Hire
Max Dalban Max Dalban ... Capoulade
Émile Drain Émile Drain ... Monsieur Breteuil dit le petit caporal
Guy Favières Guy Favières ... Monsieur Sauvage
Louis Florencie Louis Florencie ... L'inspecteur Marcelin (as Florencie)
Charles Dorat Charles Dorat ... L'nspecteur Michelet
Lucas Gridoux ... Monsieur Fortin
Marcel Pérès Marcel Pérès ... Cermanutti
Lita Recio Lita Recio ... Marcelle
Michel Ardan Michel Ardan ... Fernand
Michèle Auvray Michèle Auvray ... Madame Branchu
Lucien Carol Lucien Carol ... L'inspecteur Benoit
Olivier Darrieux Olivier Darrieux ... Étienne
Paulette Laurent Paulette Laurent ... Mouchette (as Josiane Dorée)
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Storyline

In the suburbs of Paris, an old maid has just been murdered. Every body talks about that, except the misanthrope Mr Hire. The same evening, Alice, just getting out of jail, arrives and meets up with her lover Alfred again. They act as they do not know each other, for Alice went to jail to spare Alfred. But Mr Hire falls in love with Alice, and he suspects who the murderer is. Written by Yepok

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Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 November 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Panic See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,062, 22 January 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,061, 12 May 2017
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Filmsonor See more »
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Mono (RCA Photophone)

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1.37 : 1
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In 1943, Georges Simenon sold the manuscript of his novel at an auction, and gave the profits to the prisoners of WWII. See more »

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Referenced in La nuit écoute: Michel Simon (1965) See more »

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Another Duvivier triumph!
4 August 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Spoilers Just back from the USA,Duvivier was beginning the second part of his French career.His post- war work was relegated to purgatory for a long time,because of the snobbery of the nouvelle vague die hards .That this powerful movie has already several positive reviews is proof positive that there is ,at times,justice in the universe."Panique" means more to me than ten "à bout de soufflé".

"Panique" is one of the best Simenon adaptations for the screen.But when Duvivier tackles a book ,he makes it his very own.Elements of his past and future work emerge:the fortune-teller and the predictions were already here in his American gem "flesh and fantasy"(1943)Viviane Romance's double-dealing(playing a double game) character resembles Danielle Delorme's Catherine in "voici le temps des assassins" (1956).

A girl (Romance ,who portrayed a bitch in "la belle équipe" (1936)) is released from jail and she meets up her lover who has just committed a murder:he killed a woman to steal her money.But a strange man ,a Jew,saw the whole scene and he's got an evidence .This witness is masterfully portrayed by Michel Simon (who was part of the cast of "la fin du jour" ) one of the giants of the French cinéma.

M.Hire ,the Jew, has always been a solitary man .He's never had a friend,either at school or in the army;he's been an outcast for all his life. Simon gives a subdued ,restrained performance ,as powerful as when he portrays colorful characters.The satanic lovers have found the ideal scapegoat ,and the whole town will have its culprit.

Duvivier's directing is awesome :the lovers , talking about their future near a church where the congregations is singing heavenly canticles is pure film noir genius;Simon pursued by a madding crowd is filmed with stunning mastery;it compares favorably to Fritz Lang's "fury"."Panique" indeed !And the dialogue follows suit (the center of the action revolves around a fair )"I can stop the music",the fairground man says, "now the show is in the street".nothing will stop the crowds who want to take the law in their own hands.

Duvivier knows how to grab his audience and he will not leave you till the final scene where a final clue packs a real wallop.

Let this movie be an introduction to the other Duvivier films noirs of the forties and the fifties :"sous le ciel de Paris" "l'affaire Maurizius" and the incredible "voici le temps des assassins".

Ingmar Bergman was rapturous about it.

Remake in 1988 by Patrice Leconte,in which Michel Blanc and Sandrine Bonnaire take on Michel Simon 's and Vivianne Romance's parts.


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