MAIGRET SETS A TRAP
MAIGRET TEND UN PIEGE
1958, Kino Lorber, 119 min, France/Italy, Dir: Jean Delannoy

Though he was often subject to disparagement by New Wave critics, veteran director Jean Delannoy actually pushed forward the Parisian crime film with this first of two Inspector Maigret adaptations featuring the incomparable Jean Gabin. MAIGRET TEND UN PIEGE adds its own cynical tone to the police procedural, aided by Delannoy’s expert use of actual locations in Montmartre. Gabin fits the role of Maigret like a glove, and he’s surrounded by a cast of colorful characters, including well-shaped turns from Annie Girardot and Jean Desailly.


FIVE DAYS IN JUNE
CINQ JOURS EN JUIN
1989, Acteurs Auteurs Associés, 108 min, France, Dir: Michel Legrand

Famed film composer Michel Legrand makes his directorial debut with this autobiographical tale of love in the midst of WWII. Fifteen-year-old piano student Michel (Matthew Roze) is stranded with his mom at the Conservatory of Paris when the Allied invasion takes place near their home. With trains to Normandy out of service, the two join Yvette (Sabine Azéma) to make the trip on stolen bicycles; as they make their way through the carnage of battle, Michel falls in love with the older woman. Costarring Annie Girardot. In French with English subtitles.


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