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The Hatter's Ghost (1982)

Les fantômes du chapelier (original title)
Labbé, a hatter in a French provincial town, leads the life of a respectable citizen but is in fact a serial murderer. The only person to suspect this is his neighbour Kachoudas, an ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Claude Chabrol, Georges Simenon (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Serrault ... Léon Labbé
Charles Aznavour ... Kachoudas
Monique Chaumette Monique Chaumette ... Mme Labbé
François Cluzet ... Jeantet
Isabelle Sadoyan Isabelle Sadoyan ... Alice Kachoudas
Jean Champion Jean Champion ... Le sénateur Laude
Bernard Dumaine Bernard Dumaine ... Arnoult
Victor Garrivier Victor Garrivier ... Le docteur Chaudreau
Jean Leuvrais Jean Leuvrais ... Lambert
Christine Paolini Christine Paolini ... Louise Chapus
Robert Party Robert Party ... L'inspecteur Caille
Fabrice Ploquin Fabrice Ploquin ... Valentin
Nathalie Homs Nathalie Homs ... Esther (as Nathalie Hayat)
Isabelle Lafon Isabelle Lafon
Jean-Claude Bouillaud Jean-Claude Bouillaud ... Le père de Louise
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Labbé, a hatter in a French provincial town, leads the life of a respectable citizen but is in fact a serial murderer. The only person to suspect this is his neighbour Kachoudas, an Armenian tailor. After the hatter kills his own wife, he then kills six of her friends to stop them visiting her and prepares to murder a seventh when the intended victim dies naturally. As a substitute, he murders the maid. At the same time, Kachoudas is dying and Labbé confesses his crime to him. Then, after getting drunk he visits his favourite prostitute Berthe and kills her too, being found there in the morning by the police. Written by Christian Herzog von Donat

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 May 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hatter's Ghost See more »

Filming Locations:

Concarneau, Finistère, France See more »

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Quotes

[last lines]
Léon Labbé: [to voyeurs in Berthe's street] Don't touch me... Don't beat me... I'm giving in!
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Connections

References Ben-Hur (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Pose ta Joue sur mon Epaule
Lyrics by Charles Aznavour
Music by Georges Garvarentz
Performed by Jairo
Produced by Renaldo Cerri for Garima
Distributed by RCA
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mad as a hatter
8 January 2000 | by ieaunSee all my reviews

A hatter in a provincial town (Michel Serrault) leads the life of a respectable citizen but is in fact a serial murderer. The only person to suspect this is his neighbour the tailor (Charles Asnavour). It is difficult to believe that this film was made in the eighties as not only is the film set in the fifties but it has a totally fifties style production. It seems to be exactly the kind of film that Chabrol and the other members of the nouvelle vague were rebelling against. The story is very straightforward, the characters are stereotypes, the female characters are two dimensional and treated as objects. "Le Boucher" made years earlier is far more modern and superior in every way. The story is well told if you suspend your disbelief and the acting on the whole is good. The town in which it is set is very photogenic, with narrow cobbled streets and no traffic. Not only does it compare badly to other Chabrol films but also to other Simenon adaptations. "Monsieur Hire" has a similarly paced and straightforward story line but is more adventurous in visual style and tells a more modern story with two more believable characters. "Le Horloger de Saint-Paul" has almost a documentary style and requires a lot of thought as the development is to do with the main character rather than the storyline, and is far superior.


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