Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The Murderer Lives At Number 21

L'Assassin habite au 21

1942, Henri-Georges Clouzot, France, 84 min. With Pierre Fresnay, Suzy Delair.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jul 13th 2:15pm
  • Sun, Jul 15th 3:15pm
  • Mon, Jul 16th 6:15pm
  • Wed, Jul 18th 8:00pm
New restoration!

★★★★★ "The script is taut and there are visual gags aplenty...its beautiful composition, enjoyable humor and mystery are well worth catching on the big screen if you can." - Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film

Long out of circulation in the U.S. and presented in a new digital restoration imported from France, this is the first solo directing effort by Clouzot (LE CORBEAU, DIABOLIQUE), who would soon establish himself as the master of French noir and Hitchcock's only acknowledged rival in the suspense field. Clouzot's forceful visual style and jaundiced view of human nature are already apparent, but here they are mixed with generous doses of fast-paced screwball comedy in the THIN MAN vein. A mysterious killer is terrorizing Paris and baffling the police, who assign the cocky Inspector Wens (Fresnay of GRAND ILLUSION) to the case. Disguising himself as a pastor, and joined by his publicity-hungry chanteuse girlfriend (Delair), Wens infiltrates a boarding house that is suspected to be the killer's address. But which one of its eccentric inhabitants - blind boxer, jolly magician, abortionist doctor, spinster novelist, creepy doll-maker - is the real culprit? In French with English subtitles. New 2K DCP digital restoration courtesy of Institut Français and Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Chicago. (MR)

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