Dr Petiot

France, 1990

Film
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Michel Serrault gives an extraordinary perfomance as ‘Dr Petiot’, a serial killer who lured Jews into his trap by offering them protection from the Nazis. The film’s expressionistic quality, emphasised by the heavy make-up of Petiot, and the deep focus photography, gives the film a nightmare quality reminiscent of the early German silent horror films. Indeed the film opens with scenes from one such film, plunging us into a world of evil. Based on a true character, Serrault’s perfomance is chilling.

Credits

director

Christian de Chalonge

co-producer

Philippe Chapelier-Dehesdin

Alain Sarde

production company

Canal+

Cine 5

Sara Films

MS Productions

Language

French

Duration

01:42:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

39308

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Expressionism in motion pictures

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Serial murderers

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - France

Foreign language films

Horror

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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