Panique (Panic) (1947) - Rotten Tomatoes

Panique (Panic) (1947)

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For his first French film in nearly a decade (he'd spent the war years in Hollywood), filmmaker Julien Duvivier chose to adapt Les Fiançailles de Monsieur Hire, a novel by Georges Simenon. Panique, as Duvivier's version was titled, is a twisted tale of murder, subterfuge and revenge from "Beyond." Middle-aged loner Monsieur Hire (Michel Simon) falls for his neighbor Alice (Viviane Romance) only to be framed for the murder commited by Alice's lover Alfred (Paul Bernard). The ending suggests that the actual culprits are going to get their well-deserved comeuppance, though exoneration comes a shade too late for the luckless Monsieur Hire. The Simenon book was filmed again in 1989, as the excellent Monsieur Hire, directed by Patrice Leconte, a film as bleakly pessimistic as the original, more in keeping with the style and tone of the literary source. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Michel Simon
as M. Hire
Michel Ardan
as Fernand
Max Dalban
as Capoulade
Charles Dorat
as Michelet
Lucas Gridoux
as M. Fortin
J.F. Martial
as M. Joubet
Marcel Peres
as Cermanutti
Émile Drain
as Breteuil
Guy Favières
as M. Sauvage
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Critic Reviews for Panique (Panic)

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

[A] crackerjack mystery.

February 2, 2017 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Duvivier's film kicks off in a realist register, then gradually transforms into a noirish romance of deception until finally settling into a tragic allegory of wartime collaborationism and the cruel madness of rumor, fear and and spite.

January 18, 2017 | Full Review…
Village Voice
Top Critic

A powerful piece of cinema sustained by some great performances.

February 22, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Eye for Film

It's more a psychological thriller than a criminal one.

November 11, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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