b/w. 98+ min. In French w/English subtitles. Criterion Collection. 1946. ISBN 9781681435299. $29.95; Blu-ray ISBN 9781681435282. $39.95.
Reclusive suburban-Paris photographer Monsieur Hire (Michel Simon) falls for his fetching new neighbor (Viviane Romance), fresh out of jail for taking a robbery rap for her boyfriend. Framed by them for a local woman's murder, Hire succumbs to mob justice in Julien Duvivier's loose but involving adaptation of mystery writer (and Maigret creator) Georges Simenon's novel, which was even better realized in Patrice Leconte's Monsieur Hire (1989). In a revealing extra, the art of subtitling and its precedence over dubbing are discussed by a notable foreign film distributor. [See Trailers, LJ 11/1/18.]

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