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60 Ratings



Directed by Claude Chabrol
France, Italy, 1963
Crime, Biography, Drama


France, WWI. Landru, the father of four Children, contacts Parisian women through newspapers, seduces and eventually kills them in order to feed his little family.

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Landru Directed by Claude Chabrol

Critics reviews

Chabrol’s study is a jaundiced waltz, a poisoned heart under a perfumed surface, a rich Ealing vein mined Gallically. Faced with pile upon pile of evidence of his crimes, Landru leans back in the courtroom and scratchily yet serenely protests his innocence. For the killer and for the filmmaker scrutinizing him, human nature is finally “just a little secret” between you and the guillotine.
April 22, 2013
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Beneath the brilliant surface of his film Chabrol expresses the point of view not of a moralist or of an amoral aesthete but of an uncompromising satirist of human behavior. What is most striking about all his characters in all his films is their infinite stupidity, and in this respect Landru seldom has much of an edge on his victims. What Chabrol proves once again is that stupidity when viewed honestly and sympathetically is the stuff of poetry.
April 18, 1963
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