French Film Festival
Maigret and the St. Fiacre Case (Maigret et l’affaire Saint-Fiacre)
Directed by Jean Delannoy
Sunday, February 17, 12:30 pm
Author Georges Simenon wrote a series of seventy-six novels featuring the character of Jules Maigret, a gruff but fair French detective. These beloved books were first adapted for the screen starting in 1932.
Georges Simenon’s inimitable Inspector Maigret (played by Jean Gabin) returns to his countryside hometown to investigate an ominous letter received by his old friend, the countess of St. Fiacre. The letter portends the countess’s death, and when a heart attack makes the harbinger come true, the good inspector suspects foul play. The mystery of Maigret and the St. Fiacre Case (1959) twists and turns like vines crawling up the countess’s chateau, culminating in an explosive finale that finds Maigret dropping by a dinner at which all the guests are suspects. 1959, France, DCP, in French with English subtitles, 97 minutes. Recommended for 12+.
Introduced by Dr. Matthieu Dalle, Associate Professor of French, University of Louisville. Co-presented with the 2019 University of Louisville French Film Festival.