Serie Noire

Directed by Alain Corneau
Film Movement Classics
116 Minutes
Crime, Drama
French Language, Film Studies
Not Rated
DVD $150.00
PPR $350.00
DRL $499.00
PPR+DRL $599.00
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Franck, a door-to-door salesman married to Jeanne, is looking for a customer who owes money when he meets Mona, a seventeen-year-old who lives with her rich and hateful aunt. Franck's wife leaves and his boss has him arrested for embezzlement. But Mona pays back the money and suggests he kill her aunt to get hold of her fortune.... Alain Corneau's 1979 adaptation of Jim Thompson's novel "A Hell of a Woman."

DVD Features

Serie Noire, The Darkness of the Soul featurette
Interview with Alain Corneau and Marie Trintignant
New essay by Nick Pinkerton

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "Série Noire, Alain Corneau’s seedy 1979 adaptation of Jim Thompson’s A Hell of a Woman, is considered by aficionados of Thompson’s work to be one of the best movies based on the bleak novelist’s work. [R]ich and satisfying...."
    Simon Abrams, Slant Magazine
  • Highest Rating
    "Among the best big-screen interpretations of Thompson’s bitter tales...Enticingly Nasty."
    The Hollywood Reporter
  • Highest Rating
    "A clever blend of absurdist romance and noirish desperation."
    New York Magazine
  • Highest Rating
    "Corneau’s best noir, in which his influences, including Jean-Pierre Melville, had become absorbed into his own style."
    The Guardian
  • Highest Rating
    "A welcome blast from the past... This semisleazy slab of hardboiled bliss... is easily one of the best, if not the best, adaptations of pulp-fiction maestro [Jim Thompson's] work ever committed to celluloid."
    David Fear, Time Out New York


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