Landru (1963, FRA/ITA) C-115m. ** D: Claude Chabrol. Starring Charles Denner, Michèle Morgan, Danielle Darrieux, Hildegard Knef, Juliette Mayniel, Stéphane Audran, Henri Attal, Dominique Zardi, Jean-Pierre Melville. Sober account of French gentleman Landru (Denner), who during WWI frequently abandons his family to seduce lonely widows and ends up killing them. Fascinating to some degree but overlong, Denner's performance is as cold (frighteningly so) as the rest of the film. Previously filmed by Charlie Chaplin as MONSIEUR VERDOUX (1947). Screenplay by Francoise Sagan. Claude Zidi was camera assistant. English title: BLUEBEARD.

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