Proud, eccentric, and antisocial, Monsieur Hire (Michel Simon) has always kept to himself. But after a woman turns up dead in the Paris suburb where he lives, he feels drawn to a pretty young newcomer to town (Viviane Romance), discovers that his neighbors are only too ready to be suspicious of him, and is framed for the murder. Based on a novel by Georges Simenon, Julien Duvivierâs first film after his return to France from Hollywood finds the acclaimed poetic realist applying his consummate craft to darker, moodier ends. Propelled by its two deeply nuanced lead performances, the tensely noirish Panique
exposes the dangers of the knives-out mob mentality, delivering as well a pointed allegory of the behavior of Duvivierâs countrymen during the war.
- The Art of Subtitling, a new short documentary by Bruce Goldstein, founder and copresident of Rialto Pictures, about the history of subtitles
- New interview with author Pierre Simenon, the son of novelist Georges Simenon
- Conversation from 2015 between critics Guillemette Odicino and Eric Libiot about director Julien Duvivier and the filmâs production history
- Rialto Pictures rerelease trailer
- Essays by film scholar James Quandt and Lenny Borger