Voici le temps des assassins (Julien Duvivier, 1956)

The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Voici le temps des assassins.

criterion logoJulien Duvivier’s darkest study of moral depravity, Voici le temps des assassins is a harrowing drama of a successful and good-hearted Parisian restaurateur, André Chatelin (Jean Gabin), who takes in and marries the young, angel-faced daughter of his deceased ex-wife.  All too late, he discovers that this orphan, Catherine (Danièle Delorme), has vengeful plans of her own.  The film marks Gabin’s definitive screen gentrification, as its star was now in his fifties and en route to playing confident middle-class patriarchs and gentlemen gangsters, and contains a chilling performance by Delorme as an ice-cold femme fatale.  Also known as Deadlier Than the Male, Voici le temps des assassins was a critical and commercial success for Duvivier, representing the dramatic nuance and scrupulous subtlety that inspired Jean Renoir to proclaim, “If I were an architect and I had to build a monument to cinema, I would place a statue of Duvivier above the entrance … This great technician, this rigorist, was a poet.”

Disc Features:

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by film scholar Michael Atkinson
  • Interview with film historian and translator Lenny Borger
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS:  A booklet featuring Bosley Crowther’s New York Times review, Cahiers du Cinéma‘s review, and Jean Renoir’s 1967 obituary tribute, “Death of a Professional”

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