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Two Therese Desqueyrouxs

For aging cinephiles, Claude Miller’s adaptation of Therese Desqueyroux inevitably causes the memory to flood back to George Franju’s 1962 version of the same story. Franju’s was the first of his feature films to be screened here though his shorts were known and, in the case of Le Sang des Betes, had a fearsome reputation.

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Hard and soft-boiled

Aficionados and enthusiasts for crime fiction, broadly defined to include a lot of sub-genres like spy fiction, often develop a certain pre-occupation with cinema adaptations of their favourite authors. This pre-occupation frequently presages disappointment. Rarely does the cinema do justice to a crime author’s work. The number of dud adaptations of great works of crime fiction is legion.

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