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Le Juge et l'Assassin (1976)

Original Title : Juge et l'assassin, Le
Director : Bertrand Tavernier
Writer : Jean Aurenche
Pierre Bost
Bertrand Tavernier
Genre : Crime
Drama/History
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Ralph Baum , Raymond Danon
Music : Philippe Sarde
Photography : Pierre-William Glenn
Distributor : Connoisseur Video
IMDB ID : 0073219
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poster for "Le Juge et l'Assassin" by Bertrand Tavernier (1976)
Le Juge et l'Assassin (1976) - Bertrand Tavernier
 

Starring

Philippe Noiret Judge Rousseau
Michel Galabru Sgt. Joseph Bouvier
Isabelle Huppert Rose
Jean-Claude Brialy Villedieu, Attorney
Renée Faure Mme. Rousseau
Cécile Vassort Louise Leseuer
Jean-Roger Caussimon Street Singer
Jean Bretonnière Deputy
François Dyrek Released Tramp
Monique Chaumette Louise's Mother
Yves Robert Prof. Degueldre
Jean Amos Caretaker
Gilbert Bahon Traveler
Arlette Bonnard Farm Girl With Soup
Liza Braconnier Hospital Nun
Jean-Claude de Goros Dr. Dufour
Yvan Lecu Chief Marista
Jean-Pierre Leroux Radeuf
René Morard Traveler
Bob Morel Red Donkey
Eddy Ross 1st Priest
Jean-Pierre Sentier 1st Journalist
Yan Vann Accordion Player (uncredited
Antoine Baud Mounted Policeman (uncredited
Gilles Dyrek Victor (uncredited
Michel Fortin Surgeon (uncredited
Jean-Marie Galey 2nd Journalist (uncredited
Jean-François Gondre Non-Commissioned Officer (uncredited
Didier Haudepin (uncredited
Richard Hendry Trade Unionist (uncredited
Maurice Jacquemont Priest (uncredited
Gérard Jugnot Photographer (uncredited
Aude Landry Suzanne (uncredited
Christine Pascal (uncredited
Daniel Russo Guardian (uncredited
Philippe Sarde Pianist (uncredited
Henri Vart Traveler (uncredited
Catherine Verlor Francine (uncredited
 

Plot

France, 1893. Joseph Bouvier, a former Sergeant in the French military, shoots his beloved and attempts to kill himself. Having survived with two bullets in his brain, he is released from the Dole medical facility, a place of mental and physical filthiness. Then begins a five-year period of wandering on the roads of the South East of France, during which Bouvier rapes and eventually kills two dozen defenseless shepherds and farm servants of both sexes. Judge Rousseau thinks this case would help his career as a right wing politician and therefore issues warrants of arrests to find any hobo fitting the description. But if Bouvier was declared insane, the Judge's plan may become a trap...
 

Comments

A film I have always wanted to see, 28 November 2005 Author: theowinthrop from United States I can't make a real judgment on this film, although the other reviews are rave ones. I just want to add that the story is based on an actual case of the 1890s in France. Joseph Vacher was the real life murderer who is the basis for Michel Galabrue's Joseph Bouvier. Like Vacher he was a former soldier, and he went about the countryside slaughtering young boy shepherds and young girl servants. His destruction of these victims (in terms of mutilations) rivaled his contemporary Jack the Ripper (Vacher was known as Vacher the Ripper). Although he was quite insane the public demanded a death penalty - he was guillotined in 1898. His crimes briefly took public attention off the matter of Captain Alfred Dreyfus.The Philippe Noiret character is partly based on the noted criminologist Professor Alexander Lacassagne, who (despite considerable evidence of insanity) determined that Vacher was sane, and deserved the death penalty.