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L'étrange Monsieur Victor (1938)





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The title character of L'Etrange Monsieur Victor is a seemingly respectable storekeeper, happily married to the lovely Madeleine. As the film opens, Victor and Madeleine have just become the proud parents of an adorable baby boy. Everything seems perfect for Victor, a man admired for his good works and love of children. But Victor has a secret life; he is leader of a criminal gang. Now that he is a father, he decides to leave behind his life of crime, but one member of his gang doesn't like this and threatens to expose him. Almost without thinking, Victor kills the man. He escapes suspicion, however, and an innocent man named Bastien is sent to prison instead. As time passes, Victor becomes overcome with guilt and remorse; he loses his temper easily and is likewise easily agitated. Eventually Bastien escapes, and Victor takes him in and hides him -- but doing so threatens to bring about the truth about the murder. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi


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While owning a department store, Victor Agardanne(Raimu) lives with his mother(Marcelle Geniat) and his wife Magdeleine(Madeleine Renaud) who is about to give birth any second. Adding to his stress is Victor's side job of being a fence for stolen goods which in the case of the latest theft involved the fatality of an innocent man. Amadeus(Georges Flamant), one of the thieves, is also something of a wolf, as he hits on the spendthrift Adrienne(Viviane Romance) which angers her husband Bastien(Pierre Blanchar), a cobbler, to no end. Amadeus also tries to blackmail Victor which turns out very badly. "L'Etrange Monsieur Victor" is a darkly entertaining movie that succeeds greatly on the ample charms of its leading man as a character who has enough guilt to start at least three religions and two cults but still cannot bring himself to do the right thing. That leads to a ripple effect, the most noticeable of which is Bastien ending up in jail but at least he has a great line of dialogue.(I don't know if him only getting ten years had to do with Amadeus being filed under no big loss or that particularly French crime of passion.) The movie's main flaw is that it resolves such thorny ethical issues much too quickly and neatly.

Walter M.
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