Movie Diary 9/30/2020

Panique (Julien Duvivier, 1946). From the same Simenon novel that served as the basis for Patrice Leconte’s Monsieur Hire: an anti-social man (Michel Simon here) becomes a suspect in the murder of a woman, at the same time he grows entranced by a neighbor (Viviane Romance) he sees through a window. The movie is trim, tight, but with its share of poetry. Odd that it isn’t more of an acknowledged classic, especially with the noir craze not losing steam.

Herb Alpert Is… (John Scheinfeld, 2020). It feels like an authorized bio, but Alpert is such good company it doesn’t matter much. Also, the movie’s appreciators (Billy Bob Thornton? Questlove?) are a varied bunch.

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