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Le juge et l'assassin (1976)

An unstable former French Sergeant commits many atrocities. A judge considers how this case could benefit or damage his career.

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Bertrand Tavernier
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Noiret ... Judge Rousseau
Michel Galabru ... Sgt. Joseph Bouvier
Isabelle Huppert ... Rose
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Villedieu, Attorney
Renée Faure Renée Faure ... Mme. Rousseau
Cécile Vassort ... Louise Leseuer
Jean-Roger Caussimon ... Street Singer
Jean Bretonnière ... Deputy
François Dyrek François Dyrek ... Released Tramp
Monique Chaumette Monique Chaumette ... Louise's Mother
Yves Robert ... Prof. Degueldre
Jean Amos Jean Amos ... Le gardien-chef
Gilbert Bahon Gilbert Bahon ... Traveler
Arlette Bonnard Arlette Bonnard ... Farm Girl With Soup
Liza Braconnier Liza Braconnier ... Hospital Nun
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France, 1893. Joseph Bouvier, a former Sergeant in the French military, shoots his beloved and attempts to kill himself. Having survived with two bullets in his brain, he is released from the Dole medical facility, a place of mental and physical filthiness. Then begins a five-year period of wandering on the roads of the South East of France, during which Bouvier rapes and eventually kills two dozen defenseless shepherds and farm servants of both sexes. Judge Rousseau thinks this case would help his career as a right wing politician and therefore issues warrants of arrests to find any hobo fitting the description. But if Bouvier was declared insane, the Judge's plan may become a trap... Written by Vincent Merlaud <merlaud@studi.mathematik.hu-berlin.de>

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Crime | Drama | History

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Judge and the Assassin See more »

Filming Locations:

Ardèche, France See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Pour Le Temps Et Pour L'Éternité
Written and Performed by Philippe Sarde Et Orchestre
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A film I have always wanted to see
28 November 2005 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

I can't make a real judgment on this film, although the other reviews are rave ones. I just want to add that the story is based on an actual case of the 1890s in France. Joseph Vacher was the real life murderer who is the basis for Michel Galabrue's Joseph Bouvier. Like Vacher he was a former soldier, and he went about the countryside slaughtering young boy shepherds and young girl servants. His destruction of these victims (in terms of mutilations) rivaled his contemporary Jack the Ripper (Vacher was known as Vacher the Ripper). Although he was quite insane the public demanded a death penalty - he was guillotined in 1898. His crimes briefly took public attention off the matter of Captain Alfred Dreyfus.

The Philippe Noiret character is partly based on the noted criminologist Professor Alexander Lacassagne, who (despite considerable evidence of insanity) determined that Vacher was sane, and deserved the death penalty.


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