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Landru (film)

Landru
Directed by Claude Chabrol
Produced by Georges de Beauregard
Carlo Ponti
Written by Françoise Sagan
Starring Charles Denner
Michèle Morgan
Danielle Darrieux
Hildegard Knef
Music by Pierre Jansen
Cinematography Jean Rabier
Edited by Jacques Gaillard
Compagnia Cinematografica Champion
Rome Paris Films
January 25, 1963 (1963-01-25)
115 min
Country Italy / France
Language French

Landru (US title: Bluebeard) is a 1963 French motion picture drama directed by Danielle Darrieux and Hildegard Knef.

It was based on the story of French serial killer Henri Désiré Landru, who murdered and dismembered more than 10 women during World War I.

Plot

During World War I, a seemingly respectable middle-aged man Henri Landru has devised an ingenious means of obtaining money to supplement his dwindling income. Adopting various assumed names, he lures middle-class women to his villa at Gambais just outside Paris, where he kills them and burns their bodies. He then helps himself to his victims’ bank accounts so that he can keep his wife, his mistress and his four children in the manner to which they have grown accustomed. Having murdered ten women and one boy, Landru is finally captured and placed before a court of law. Eloquent in his protestations of innocence, he is confident that no jury will condemn a man of such intellect and breeding.

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