The Judge and the Assassin | Chicago Reader

The Judge and the Assassin

Set at the time of the Dreyfus trial, Bertrand Tavernier's film dramatizes the attempts of a provincial judge (Philippe Noiret) to make political hay out of his capture of a pathetically deranged mass murderer (Michel Galabru)—the madman must be portrayed as a committed, rational revolutionary. Photographed by Pierre William Glenn, the film is visually lush, and draws expressive contrasts between open, sun-drenched exteriors and the cramped interior spaces of jail cell and drawing room, yet the action is spare and subtle—an ambiguous moral exchange between two men. With Jean-Claude Brialy (1976).

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