THE MOST SHOCKING SCANDAL PARIS EVER SAW…!
During World War I, Henri Désiré Landru (Charles Denner) keeps luring women to a villa outside of Paris where he kills and dismembers them; his family turns a blind eye to his strange behavior. The same year as Claude Chabrol made his own version of ”Hamlet”, he had a greater public success with this reality-based story about a serial killer, who had previously inspired Charlie Chaplin to make Monsieur Verdoux (1947). However, he turns the case into more or less a romantic farce that misses an opportunity to say something interesting about its political dimensions.
1963-France-Italy. 119 min. Color. Directed by Claude Chabrol. Screenplay: Françoise Sagan. Cast: Charles Denner (Henri Désiré Landru), Michèle Morgan (Celestine Buisson), Danielle Darrieux (Berthe Héon), Hildegarde Knef, Stéphane Audran, Catherine Rouvel.
Trivia: Released in the U.S. as Bluebeard. Fernande Segret, played by Audran in the film, won a defamation case against Chabrol.