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Spotlight on a Murderer

Spotlight on a Murderer
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Genres: Drama
Starring: Pierre Brasseur, Pascale Audret, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Marianne Koch
Director: Georges Franju
Plot Sypnosis:

When the terminally ill Count Herve de Kerloquen (Pierre Brasseur, Goto, Isle of Love) vanishes without trace, his heirs are told that they have to wait five years before he can be declared legally dead, forcing them to devise ways of paying for the upkeep of the vast family chateau in the meantime. While they set about transforming the place into an elaborate son et lumiere tourist attraction, they are beset by a series of tragic accidents if that s really what they are...

The little-known third feature by the great French maverick Georges Franju (Eyes Without a Face, Judex) is a delightfully playful romp through Agatha Christie territory, whose script (written by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac of Les Diaboliques and Vertigo fame) is mischievously aware of the hoariest old murder-mystery clichés and gleefully exploits as many of them as possible.

They're equally aware of the detective story's antecedents in the Gothic novel, a connection that Franju is only too happy to emphasise visually at every opportunity thanks to his magnificent main location. A young Jean-Louis Trintignant (The Conformist, Amour) is amongst the Kerloquen heirs.

Release Details

Movie Release Year: 1961
Tech Specs & Release Details

Specs: FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Chris Fujiwara
Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p/TBA
Aspect Ratio(s): TBA
Audio Formats: French Uncompressed Mono
Subtitles/Captions: English
Special Features: Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain