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  1. I watched Jean Renoir’s LA NUIT DU CARREFORE only weeks ago for the very first time. I’ll admit I will need to sit through it again to absorb it’s dazzling style, even if it’s widely contended that there is a section missing from the film, which adversely affects the seemingly convoluted narrative. Of course, as you so compellingly relate here there is a poetic underpinning to this celebrated noir, which in and of itself is a sturdy argument against dismissal. Your brush strokes have again painted this most fascinating character from all levels of deceit (and therwise). A number of Renoir’s earlier films would be elevated further by your very special interpretations. (UNE PARTIE DE CAMPAGNE, LA CHIENNE foremost).

  2. Hi! Tony, and Sam Juliano…
    Unfortunately, I have never watched Renoir’s La Nuit de Carrefour.

    Tony, this is a very beautiful poem (poetry)and the poem must (be)describing the femme lead in this film?!? I have to assume…

    Therefore, I must seek it out to watch very…soon!
    Thanks, for sharing!
    DeeDee ;)

  3. […] In the film, a city detective investigates a murder in a small rural burg, with suspicion surrounding the strange foreign tenants of a mysterious house: a bizarre ménage comprising a stoned b-girl and her reclusive ‘brother’, who as a foreigner with a weak alibi is the immediate suspect.  The girl Else, played to delicious perfection by Danish actress, Winna Winifried, steals the picture. Renoir has aptly described Else as a ‘bizarre gamin’. You want Else to be in every scene – she is stunning and her turn is so lascivious. While in the book Else has more depth and is certainly less screwy, I think I prefer her screwy and sexy! Particularly memorable is the ambivalence of the relationship between Else and the detective, played by Renoir’s brother, Pierre, which is woven into the mis-en-scene with erotic abandon and casual elegance.  My poetic homage to Else is here. […]

  4. Tony,
    I read that Simenon a long time ago, but I’m struck by how non-Maigret the film must be! It’s one I’m going to look for.
    Your poem and the photos light a fire! The photo of actress Winna Winifried, at the outset of your your exciting tribute, reminds me of another presence who could take your breath away, Catherine Deneuve.

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