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The feature-film debut of famed director Louis Malle is an interesting, modern film noir with the classic theme of lovers plotting to kill the husband and make it look like suicide (reminiscent of The Postman Always Rings Twice). Jeanne Moreau, as Florence Carala, gives an astonishing performance, perverse but naive as she leads her young lover down a path that can only lead to doom for both of them. Malle and his cinematographer Henri Decae make extensive use of Paris at night, giving the film the feel of claustrophobia and desperation reminiscent of the classic noir films. The excellent score by Miles Davis adds to the entire effect of this mystery thriller. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

  • Release date:June 10, 1958

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
French Film Critics Circle Louis Malle Prix Louis-Delluc 1957 Winner

Cast

Jeanne Moreau
as Florence Carala
Maurice Ronet
as Julien Tavernier
Georges Poujouly
as Louis
Felix Marten
as Subervie
Jean Wall
as Simon Carala
Lino Ventura
as Insp. Cherter
Yori Bertin
as Veronique
Jean-Claude Brialy
as Chess player at motel
Micheline Bona
as Genevieve
Jacqueline Staup
Elga Andersen
as Mme. Bencker
Hubert Deschamps
as Attorny of State
Jacques Hilling
as Garage owner
Ivan Petrovich
as Horst Bencker
Francois Joux
Charles Denner
as Inspector Cherier's assistant
Gérard Darrieu
as Maurice
Marcel Cuvelier

Crew

Louis Malle
Director
Jean Thuillier
Producer
Louis Malle
Screenwriter
Noel Calef
Book Author
Henri Decaë
Cinematographer
Miles Davis
Composer (Music Score)
Leonide Azar
Editor
Jean Mandaroux
Art Director
Rino Mondellini
Art Director
Alain Cavalier
First Assistant Director
Irenee Leriche
Production Manager
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