MAIGRET AND THE ST. FIACRE CASE
MAIGRET ET L’AFFAIRE SAINT-FIACRE
1959, Kino Lorber, 101 min, France/Italy, Dir: Jean Delannoy

Screen icon Jean Gabin returns as Georges Simenon’s redoubtable French inspector in this superbly crafted crime drama. The action starts when Maigret is summoned by the Countess (Valentine Tessier) to the Château de Saint-Fiacre, where she shows him a letter she has received predicting the day on which she will die.


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.


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