MAIGRET! LA NUIT DU CARREFOUR (1932)/LA NUIT DU CARREFOUR (2017)
Archetypal Maigret story “Night at the Crossroads” told twice: the atmospheric 1932 “birth of noir” at the hands of Jean Renoir, and a more astringent (but no less lurid) version from recent times featuring Rowan Atkinson as Maigret.
ROMANS DURS AMERICAINE! THE BROTHERS RICO (1957)/THE BOTTOM OF THE BOTTLE (1956)
Richard Conte can’t escape the Mob as he tries to save his brothers; Joseph Cotten would rather not save his brother (Van Johnson), but a raging river forces his hand. Each of them faces a difficult reckoning!
: ROMANS DURS FRANÇAIS! THE CLOCKMAKER OF ST. PAUL (1974)/BETTY (1992)
Simenon in the realm of neo-noir: a father (Philippe Noiret) discovers more than he bargained for when his son is charged with murder; and the dissolution of an upper-class girl (Marie Trintignant) is revealed, inch by tragic inch. Gripping works from Bertrand Tavernier & Claude Chabrol.