Directed by Bertrand Tavernier • 1976 • France
Starring Philippe Noiret, Michel Galabru, Isabelle Huppert
In nineteenth-century France, a crazed former soldier (Michel Galabru) embarks on a killing spree across the country. His crimes spark a frantic manhunt, and he soon becomes the prey of an ambitious and ruthless judge (Philippe Noiret), who is aware that he will gain political advantage if he masterminds the capture and execution of the killer. Set against the backdrop of the Dreyfus affair, THE JUDGE AND THE ASSASSIN offers a morally shaded examination of crime and punishment from one of France’s greatest filmmakers.