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Old 09-04-2013, 20:51
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I watched this film a couple of nights ago. A really good thriller. From Henri-Georges Clouzot - who I think got the nickname of the "French Hitchcock". I am going to check out more of his work soon.

I did think that the film had a lot of tension towards the end. Perhaps the only negative thing to say about it was that it could have done with losing a few minutes at the beginning of the film. A lot of that slowed the pace down too much at the start.

What are people's thoughts on the film?
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Old 09-04-2013, 21:19
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It's a long time since I saw, probably ack in 90s around when the remake came out.
I remember enjoying it but you've kind of inspired me to watch it again.
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Old 09-04-2013, 21:20
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Brilliant film and a classic of French cinema. Funny you should mention Clouzot being the 'French Hitchcock', because Hitchcock tried to get the rights to film Boileau-Narcejac's 'Celle qui n'était plus' (which is well worth reading), but Clouzot beat him to it. Much as I love Hitch, I can't imagine him doing a much better job with it than Clouzot did. Also, the film is said to have been a big influence on 'Psycho'.

As for the pacing, I think it was fine. The characters need to be established at the beginning as their relationships with each other are vital to understanding what happens next. And once the plotting begins, the suspense and tension just grows and grows!
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Old 09-04-2013, 23:44
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Brilliant film and a classic of French cinema. Funny you should mention Clouzot being the 'French Hitchcock', because Hitchcock tried to get the rights to film Boileau-Narcejac's 'Celle qui n'était plus' (which is well worth reading), but Clouzot beat him to it. Much as I love Hitch, I can't imagine him doing a much better job with it than Clouzot did. Also, the film is said to have been a big influence on 'Psycho'.

As for the pacing, I think it was fine. The characters need to be established at the beginning as their relationships with each other are vital to understanding what happens next. And once the plotting begins, the suspense and tension just grows and grows!
Yeah, I did hear that Hitch wanted to adapt it as well. I agree with you(I love Hitch's work by the way and "Psycho" is a favourite of mine)that he couldn't of topped what Clouzot did with this film.

For me the most terrifying moment of the film was :-

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Like I said, I will check out his other work as well.

I take it that it is best to avoid the remake, right?
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Old 09-04-2013, 23:47
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A memorable movie of my youth (I first/last saw it 1971).
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:51
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Brilliant film, loved all the twists and turns in it
When I was watching it, it struck me that
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Old 10-04-2013, 10:58
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Yeah, I did hear that Hitch wanted to adapt it as well. I agree with you(I love Hitch's work by the way and "Psycho" is a favourite of mine)that he couldn't of topped what Clouzot did with this film.

For me the most terrifying moment of the film was :-

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Like I said, I will check out his other work as well.

I take it that it is best to avoid the remake, right?
I'd recommend 'Wages of Fear' or 'The Raven' next, but you can't really go wrong with any Clouzot.

I haven't seen the remake, but judging by reviews I'd say don't bother! To be honest, I'm not sure how a 90s Hollywood remake would improve upon the original anyway - but who knows, maybe it's an overlooked masterpiece....
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Old 10-04-2013, 12:18
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Great film, but the thing that stands out most for me is...

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Old 10-04-2013, 12:21
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It's amazing how
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Old 10-04-2013, 14:40
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I think the first time I watched I really did not understand the ending, very good film.
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Old 10-04-2013, 17:10
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Fabulous film (but avoid the lousy remake). And Clouzot's Wages of Fear is even better - a true classic.

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Old 11-04-2013, 18:37
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Old 11-04-2013, 19:26
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