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Maigret - Set 7 (1991)

Bruno Cremer , Christian de Chalonge , Claudio Tonetti  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bruno Cremer
  • Directors: Christian de Chalonge, Claudio Tonetti, Yves de Chalonge, Laurent Heynemann
  • Format: Box set, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MHz Networks
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 541 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BEMH2LS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,524 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES International film star Bruno Cremer brings the beloved Parisian Inspector Maigret to life in this definitive series of filmed adaptations of legendary writer Georges Simenon's bestselling crime novels. Sporting his pipe that seems a nod to Sherlock Holmes, the pragmatic, reserved and refined Maigret investigates murders in his singular unhurried manner and inevitably discovers the truth. To crack his cases he peels back the veneer of seemingly idyllic villages and neighborhoods, exposing the criminals who lurk in all levels of society. Against a backdrop of 1950s Paris and the surrounding French countryside, these original feature-length films pay homage to one of the most brilliant detective minds of the twentieth century.
This set includes episodes 37-42: Maigret and the Wine Merchant, Maigret and the Minister, Maigret and and the Madman of St. Clothildem, Maigret Goes to School, Felicie's House, Maigret and the Princess

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5.0 out of 5 stars Maigret Set 7: exceptionally satisfying and diverse November 10, 2013
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Set 7, covering episodes 37-42, of the French television Maigret series featuring Bruno Cremer is among the very best of the entire ouevre. As we have come to expect, Cremer's acting as the fictional Commissaire of the Paris Police Judiciare is superb. Just as important, the varied cast of directors has produced highly nuanced and visually attractive episodes. At least three stories in this set (Maigret and the Minister, Maigret Goes to School, and Felicie's House) also feature in the BBC Maigret series with Michael Gambon, a bonus for aficionados interested in comparing treatments of the stories. Two episodes (Maigret and the Princess and Maigret and the Madman of St. Clothilde) were not in the BBC series and are also not among the Simenon novels translated into English.

As with other sets in this Maigret series, this one is pleasingly diverse. Several episodes set in Paris involve Maigret's team of Quai d'Orsay investigators, while those set in towns far from the capital rely essentially on the work of Maigret alone. These away-from-Paris episodes, such as Maigret and the Madman of St. Clothilde, highlight the patient, slow-to-come-to-judgment, and psychologically insightful style of the Commissaire. Maigret and the Princess is also notable for it focuses on the lives and interactions of just two significant characters, an elderly pair of star-crossed lovers. Its elegiac tone and elegant pace make this episode a most atypical police procedural.
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4.0 out of 5 stars MAIGRET Is A Thinking Man's Thinking Man June 4, 2013
When I was much younger, certain authors - Spillane, Chandler, Hammett, and Cain to name but a few - got me hooked on mysteries. Not so much the contemporary, CSI-style evidence procedurals, but more so the old school stuff - true police procedurals that required a detective or a gumshoe who was a quick thinker set out to interview witnesses and suspects. Sure, evidence mattered, but what mattered most was the protagonist was hell bent on uncovering every deep and dark secret the subjects thought they could keep. With today's jet-set, short-attention-span audience, that kind of thing - the cop with a brain for deducing deliberate subterfuge - isn't en vogue. It's more than a bit passé, but I'll take a solid MAIGRET outing any day of the week over a team of scientists (who look like underwear models, by the way) traipsing around Las Vegas looking for hairs, fibers, semen, or whatever else substitutes for a good old-fashioned motive these days.

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you're the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to the last two paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few modest hints at `things to come,' then read on ...)

Jules Maigret - commissioner of Paris's "Brigade Criminelle" - is the literary creation of author Georges Simenon. Over the four decades between 1931 and 1972, Maigret was featured in no less than seventy-five novels and twenty-eight short stories (hat/tip: Wikipedia).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Portrayal of Maigret May 9, 2013
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Bruno Cremer gives the finest and most believable portrayal of Jules Maigret; I believe it is possibly the closest to the intent of Simenon in his novels. Maigret is an unconventional Chief Superintendent, with authority that extends throughout France, and his detective work takes him throughout that country, populated with vivid and believable characters. The plots frequently take turns that are unexpected (both to the viewers and to Maigret himself), no two of the episodes are alike, and the work of the directors and writers is essentially free of the "glitches" that sometimes occur as a result of last-minute editing. I think that Maigret is the outstanding model for the investigative police officer and that Bruno Cremer is a gem among the actors who have portrayed him. These DVDs are expensive but definitely worth the money. By the way, they are set in France shortly after the end of World War II, and the backgrounds are 100% coherent with the settings.
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