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La tête d’un homme
Directed by Julien Duvivier • 1933 • France
This meticulously crafted adaptation stars Harry Baur as novelist Georges Simenon's indelible creation Inspector Maigret, investigating the odd circumstances surrounding the killing of a wealthy American woman in Paris. Every bit Baur's equal is the Russian émigré actor Valeéry Inkijinoff, cast as a reptilian, nihilistic medical student. Julien Duvivier gives the viewer one evocative image after another, constructing a work of sinister beauty.