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Directed by Julien Duvivier

France 1956 91 mins. In French

“’If I were an architect and I had to build a monument to the cinema,’ wrote Jean Renoir, ‘I would place a statue of Julien Duvivier above the entrance.’ Duvivier made 70 films between 1919 and 1967, many of them landmarks of French cinema. His first postwar project, a noir adaptation of Georges Simenon’s ‘Mr. Hire’s Engagement,’ stars Michel Simon as a reviled voyeur framed for a murder by the girl he adores. Now widely considered the finest Simenon adaptation, the long-unseen Panique has finally been given the vivid restoration it deserves.”—New York Film Festival. “A tingling, compact, kaleidoscopic thriller! Should send shivers through an audience already worried about mob rule, enforced conformity, and a willingness to pin the blame on anyone different.”—Michael Sragow, Film Comment.

Genres: Drama

Appears in: Classic French Cinema