The Man From London Review

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Classic noir tale of a good guy gone bad. Having witnessed a murder, Miroslav Krobot becomes embroiled in the investigation.

★★★★★

INITIALLY FILMED IN 1943 BY Henri Decoin, Georges Simenon’s novella is a classic noir tale of a decent man being tempted into indiscretion. In this new version, having witnessed a dockside murder, railway signalman Miroslav Krobot steals the victim’s money and finds himself embroiled in a police investigation. Photographed in an inky monochrome that enhances the sense of bleak malevolence, this is not only an existentialist mystery, but a sobering study of domestic disillusion and reckless greed. But the impeccable mise en scène and immaculate technique fail to capture Tarr’s trademark spiritual malaise, also missing the lassitude in the protagonists’ souls.

The impeccable mise en scène and immaculate technique fail to capture Tarr’s trademark spiritual malaise, also missing the lassitude in the protagonists’ souls.