Next month, the folks at Rialto will begin touring Julien Duvivier’s 1946 film, Panique.
Duvivier made 70 films between 1919 and 1967, many of them landmarks of French cinema. His first postwar project, a noir adaptation of Georges Simenon’s Mr. Hire’s Engagement (later adapted by Patrice Leconte as Monsieur Hire), stars Michel Simon as a reviled voyeur framed for a murder by the girl he adores. Now widely considered the finest Simenon adaptation but criticized at the time for its bleakness, the long-unseen PANIQUE has finally been given the vivid restoration it deserves.
Here are the dates and places where the film will open first:
January 20 – 31 – New York, NY – FILM FORUM
February 3 – 9 – Chicago, IL – GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER
February 11, 13, & 16 – Baltimore, MD – THE CHARLES
While Panique is not yet streaming on FilmStruck alongside several other Duvivier films, we’ll keep our fingers crossed for this film to join the Collection one day.