Directed By: Edgar G. Ulmer Starring: Jean Parker John Carradine

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Studio Paramount Home Video
SKU 40202220
UPC 089218401694
UPC 14 00089218401694
Format DVD
Release Date 7/30/2002
Film Noir
True Story
Editors Note
Note In 19th century Paris, someone is murdering young women and dumping their bodies into the Seine. That someone is Gaston (John Carradine), a handsome, brooding painter and puppeteer who strangles his models with a black tie. Jean Parker plays Lucille, a dressmaker who finds herself drawn to Gaston's tortured soul after she attends his puppet opera of FAUST. Gaston's shady art dealer (Ludwig Stossel) knows he kills women, but conceals evidence because his paintings sell. When Gaston's latest victim is recognized in one of his works at an exhibit, inspector LeFevre (George Pembroke) takes steps to trap the mysterious painter. This is an amazing, low-budget work by acclaimed cult director Edgar G. Ulmer. Filled with repertoire costumes and painted backgrounds, the stagey feel nonetheless adds to the claustrophobic air of melancholy that hangs over the film, as if the cast were all puppets themselves in some cheap production. It's not a particularly scary film, but it offers plenty of excitement and has moments of beauty, and Carradine is effective as the quietly tortured, magnetic artist.
Edgar G. Ulmer
Jean Parker
John Carradine
Cast & Crew
Iris Adrian - Star
Ludwig Stossel - Star
Jean Parker - Star
Nils Asther - Star
John Carradine - Star
Glenn P. Thompson - Set Designer
Carl Pierson - Editor
Leo Erdody - Music
Jockey Feindel - Director of Photography
Pierre Gendron - Screenwriter
Edgar G. Ulmer - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1944
Catalog ID 4016-D
UPC 00089218401694
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 73 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Product Attributes
Actor Carradine,John
Label Alpha Video
Music Format DVD

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