Michael Gambon brings the timeless, tantalizing exploits of Georges Simenons legendary detective to life in twelve episodes of mystery and intrigue. From Montmartre to the remote French countryside, Maigret encounters the dark side of the human psyche. Yet he manages to maintain both compassion and a sense of humor as he explores the complex motives that lie behind every crime.
The Maigret Collection
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The 12 episodes that appear on four discs were produced by Granada Television and originally aired in Britiain over two seasons in 1992 and 1993. They were shown on PBS in the United States, and later on some public television stations in Canada. Adapted from the novels of Belgian-born writer Georges Simenon (who moved to Paris as a young man), the series effortlessly blends Maigret's intuitive detection style with a sympathetic and very Gallic view of the seedy denizens of the Parisian demi-monde. The Inspector is ably assisted throughout by the same three loyal colleagues, and is frequently chided by his nemesis, the Examining Magistrate.
In this superb series, Granada Television's meticulous production values are combined with consistently brilliant direction to yield 12 television episodes of unusual quality. There's not a dud among them. In each case, the crime unravels at a leisurely pace against a densely textured backdrop of Parisian or rural French daily life. Except that those familiar with this series will know that all of the lovingly photographed boulevards, sinister night streets and bustling sidewalk cafes were not filmed in France at all, but in Hungary. Nonetheless, it all looks agreeably French and faithful to the period setting of the novels.
The principal casting is English of course, with Michael Gambon a standout as the droll and humane Inspector Jules Maigret. Supporting him are a roster of some of the best of British film actors, with exceptional turns by Edward Petherbridge, Peter Barkworth, Tony Doyle and Jon Finch, and capped with a startling performance by Susie Lindeman in the series' final episode, Maigret and the Maid. Highly recommended.
Both series are excellent and will delight Maigret (Simenon's) fans.
My point: this series deserves a MUCH BETTER presentation on DVD. Quality is fair, far below my expectations (seems we are not watching a DVD...), and subtitles are missing; at least closed caption avaliability. This makes a big difference for people from abroad, like me - and english subtitles, IMHO, is the minimum I would be expecting from an excellent DVD set like this one.
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Some of my favorite DVD's. The stories and Michael Gambon are very good. The perpetrators of the crimes are often quite complex. Good mood. Read morePublished 6 months ago by chris armstrong
Revisit la belle France of the 1950s...
This region 2 `collection' in fact contains four of the five box sets; nevertheless, these sets feature English... Read more
We really liked this series as we enjoy most murder mysteries. Maigret is an easy going, quiet but through inspector. Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by The Master
I have watched virtually all of both the Gambon series and the Cremer series of Maigret. It is painful to see the well groomed and flat Gambon take this on. Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by J. Hardin
First off the acting is top notch. The story lines are rather old fashioned, but likeable. Gambon is perfect in this role. I enjoyed the entire collection as did my wife. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I prefer the novels on which these programs are based, but of all the actors who have portrayed Maigret, Gambon is the one that makes the character resonate for contemporary... Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Bruce M. Kerner
We just love the British mysteries, even when they have a French accent. We had watched some of these on broadcast, and recorded them then. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Dana L. Packman