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19 Ratings

Inspector Maigret

Maigret tend un piège

Directed by Jean Delannoy
France, Italy, 1958
Crime, Drama


Inspecteur Maigret investigates a series of murders involving young women. All of the murders were committed in the vicinity of a Parisian butcher’s shop in the middle of the night whilst the victims were walking home.

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Inspector Maigret Directed by Jean Delannoy

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

1960 | 3 nominations including: Best Film from any Source

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

1959 | Winner: Best Foreign Film

Critics reviews

Stylishly directed by Jean Delannoy, with canted angles and copious depths of field, the films are uncommonly long for whodunits (Maigret Sets a Trap, pictured, runs 199 minutes)—allowing for privileged rests between the beats, like a lovely kitchen scene where an up-all-night Maigret tells his wife that for various reasons, it may be time to retire. Parisian criminals could only wish.
January 03, 2018
A credible example of the policier, a French genre that flowered in the mid-1950s… The supporting cast is strong. Annie Girardot portrays a woman of mystery in one of her first roles, before “Rocco and His Brothers” (1960) made her a star in Europe. Jean Desailly, a suspicious character here, would later play the straying husband in Truffaut’s “The Soft Skin” (1964). Alert viewers may also recognize a rough-hewn Lino Ventura — already a fixture in policiers — as one of Maigret’s men.
October 18, 2017
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