Simenon 2020: The Paris Express – Midnight Episode
July 12 only
SIMENON 2020 SERIES
Films from the Father of Film Noir 1932 – 2017
SIMENON 2020 features a wide range of startling films spanning more than eighty years, adapted from the writings of Georges Simenon, the prolific Belgian novelist who became world-famous for his tales of Inspector Maigret and romans durs (“tough novels”).
Sunday, July 12 – Romans durs from Great Brittain!
THE PARIS EXPRESS
A meek bookkeeper (Claude Rains) seizes an opportunity for the high life when he winds up with an unexpected windfall, but there are repercussions! Also known as The Man Who Watched Trains Go By.
(82 min, 1952, UK, dir. Harold French) Adaptation by Harold French & Paul Jarrico from the Simenon novel The Man Who Watched Trains Go By. With Claude Rains, Marta Toren, Herbert Lom, Marius Goring, Anouk Aimee.
Simenon loved to create variations on basic plot setups—one of these is what we might call “the problematic windfall”: the misfortune that comes when the protagonist stumbles upon a large sum of money.
Midnight Episode, a British remake of the 1942 French film Monsieur la souris (which starred the incomparable Raimu), features comedic actor Stanley Holloway as the bum who discovers a seemingly discarded wallet filled with cash—only to find out that possessing it puts him in mortal danger from competing factions of a criminal mob.
(78 min, 1950, UK, dir. Gordon Parry) Adaptation by Rita Barisse & Reeve Tyler. Screenplay by Paul Vincent Carroll, David Evans & William Templeton from the Simenon novel Monsieur La Souris. With Stanley Holloway, Leslie Dwyer, Reginald Tate, Meredith Edwards, Sebastian Cabot, Natasha Parry, Wilfred Hyde-White.
*Start times for the second feature are approximate. One screening only at the Little Roxie. Seating is limited, so advisable to order tickets as soon as possible. Attend all of the Sunday shows and be eligible for a free festival pass to THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 2020 (playing November 5-8—in the BIG Roxie, of course!).
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