Louis Malle's directorial debut at age t25, a craftsmanly thriller about a pair of illicit lovers and homicidal co-conspirators — never seen together on screen — whose Perfect Crime deflates into a suffocating nightmare. Atmospheric photography by Henri Decae; voguish improvisatory jazz score by Miles Davis. Originally released in the U.S. under the name Frantic. With Maurice Ronet, Jeanne Moreau, Lino Ventura. (1958) — Duncan Shepherd
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