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    Strangers in the House & Jean's Return

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    December 5, 2011


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    Strangers in the House & Jean's Return

    Strangers in the House
    (Les Inconnus dans la Maison)

    Directed by Henri Decoin. With Raimu, Juliette Faber, Jean Tissier
    France 1942, 35mm, b/w, 95 min. French with English subtitles
    Among the strongest of the late 1930s screenplays that paved the way to Clouzot's directorial career is this striking adaptation of a George Simenon crime thriller directed by Henri Decoin. An important companion piece to Le...

    Strangers in the House
    (Les Inconnus dans la Maison)

    Directed by Henri Decoin. With Raimu, Juliette Faber, Jean Tissier
    France 1942, 35mm, b/w, 95 min. French with English subtitles
    Among the strongest of the late 1930s screenplays that paved the way to Clouzot's directorial career is this striking adaptation of a George Simenon crime thriller directed by Henri Decoin. An important companion piece to Le Corbeau, Les Inconnus dans la Maison offers a similarly unflattering portrait of provincial France as scandals and secrets tumble out of a town's collective closet during the course of the investigation and trial to discover who killed the corpse found in a drunken lawyer's attic.

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    Jean's Return (Le Retour de Jean)

    Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. With Louis Jouvet, Noël Roquevert, Jean Brochard
    France 1949, digital video, b/w, 28 min. In French
    Clouzot’s first film after Le Corbeau – and after his forced suspension on charges of collaboration with the Vichy regime – was this dark and startling episode within the 1949 omnibus film Retour à la Vie. A remarkable commentary on a deeper type of postwar trauma and spiritual malaise, Le Retour de Jean stars the great Louis Jouvet as a former prisoner of war who meets his Nazi torturer one lonely night in a seedy boarding house, an unsettling surprise encounter that complicates the notion of a return to normalcy.


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