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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 overview, first billed only:
Michel Serrault ... Léon Labbé
Charles Aznavour ... Kachoudas
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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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 Carrefour (1938) 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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Stunning performance!
2 August 2003 | by monsterbugSee all my reviews

The plotting of "Chapelier" is actually quite dull, I must admit. But nevertheless the movie is a great piece of entertainment. The one person that makes it worth your while is Michel Serrault. He ranges among the finest actors that France brought to the screen. Here, he simply plays a total nuthead, which is absolutely entertaining to look at. Should you ever come across this movie on TV, watch it!


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Country:

France

Language:

Armenian | 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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1.66 : 1
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