Julien Duvivier taps into post-war France’s paranoia in a long unavailable thriller, adapted from a Georges Simenon novel.
Proud, eccentric, and anti-social, Monsieur Hire (Michel Simon) has always kept to himself. But after a woman turns up dead in the Paris suburb where he lives, he feels drawn to a pretty young newcomer to town (Viviane Romance), discovers that his neighbours are only too ready to be suspicious of him, and is framed for the murder.
Based on a novel by Georges Simenon, the first film made by Julien Duvivier after his return to France from Hollywood finds the acclaimed poetic realist applying his consummate craft to darker, moodier ends. Propelled by its two deeply nuanced lead performances, the tensely noirish Panique exposes the dangers of the knives-out mob mentality, delivering a pointed allegory of the behaviour of Duvivier’s countrymen during the war.
New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
The Art of Subtitling, a new short documentary by Bruce Goldstein, founder and co-president of Rialto Pictures, about the history of subtitles
New interview with author Pierre Simenon, the son of novelist Georges Simenon
Conversation from 2015 between critics Guillemette Odicino and Eric Libiot about director Julien Duvivier and the film’s production history
Rialto Pictures re-release trailer
New English subtitle translation by Duvivier expert Lenny Borger
PLUS: Essays by film scholar James Quandt and Borger