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18 May 2013

The Murderer Lives at 21 (L'assassin habite... au 21) Blu-Ray Review

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The Murderer Lives at 21 is the debut feature film by legendary French director Henri-Georges Clouzot. He would later make such masterpieces as The Wages of Fear and Les Diabloiques. He was the envy of Alfred Hitchcock who wished he made Les Diabloiques, so much so he commissioned the writers of the source novel to write Vertigo for him.

The basic story of The Murderer Lives at 21 is that murder/thief is stalking the streets of Paris. He leaves a calling card with “Monsieur Durand” at the scene of each crime. The inspector on the case gets a hot tip that he is living at the boarding house at 21 Avenue Junot. He decides to go under cover as a priest to trying to solve the crime and end this terror.

The film is a solid whodunit. It’s no masterpiece but for fans of Clouzot and French crime cinema of the 40s and 50s it’s a welcome re-release. It does however has a great sense of paranoia which certainly reflects the Nazi occupation of France. It does jump from a comedy to noir quite freely which doesn’t quite work but it’s a fascinating film that bridges the gap between French poetic realism and later film noir.

The film has been widely unavailable in Britain or the United States for a long time while most of Clouzot’s other work is widely available. It’s a breath of fresh air that the always reliable Masters of Cinema has released on both blu-ray and dvd with a strong transfer taken from Gaumont’s restoration and some supplementary features.


Ian Schultz

Rating: PG
BD/DVD Release Date: 20th May 2013 (UK)
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Cast: Pierre Fresnay,
Buy: Blu-ray / DVD

16 April 2013

Clouzot's The Murderer Lives At Number 21 (L'assassin habite... au 21) To Get Masters Of Cinema Treatment

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Eureka Entertainment have announced that they will be releasing the long-awaited release of Henri-Georges Clouzot's (Les diaboliques, The Wages of Fear) debut film THE MURDERER LIVES AT 21 [L'ASSASSIN HABITE AU 21]. The film is a brilliant hybrid of crime thriller and comedy, and will be released in a breathtaking high-definition restoration by Gaumont in a Blu-ray & DVD edition on 20 May 2013.

One of the most revered names in world cinema, Henri-Georges Clouzot, made a remarkably self-assured debut in 1942 with the deliciously droll thriller The Murderer Lives at 21 [L'Assassin habite au 21].

A thief and killer stalks the streets of Paris, leaving a calling card from "Monsieur Durand" at the scene of each crime. But after a cache of these macabre identifications is discovered by a burglar in the boarding house at 21 Avenue Junot, Inspector Wenceslas Vorobechik (Pierre Fresnay) takes lodging at the infamous address in an undercover bid to solve the crime, with help from his struggling-actress girlfriend Mila (Suzy Delair).

Featuring audacious directorial touches, brilliant performances, and a daring tone that runs the gamut from light comedy to sinister noir, as well as a subtle portrait of tensions under Nazi occupation, this overlooked gem from the golden age of French cinema is presented in a beautiful new high-definition restoration.

“good fun for whodunit fans” – The New York Times

“clever cocktail of humour and drama” - Le Miroir de l'Ecran


• Gorgeous new Gaumont restoration of the film in its original aspect ratio, presented in 1080p HD on the Blu-ray
• New and improved English subtitles
• A fully-illustrated booklet, including the words of Henri-Georges Clouzot and rare imagery

Pre-Order/Buy The Murder Lives At Number 21 (L'assassin habite... au 21): DVD / Blu-ray