La Poison [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1951]

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Special Features

  • New interview with filmmaker Olivier Assayas on writer-director Sacha Guitry's influence on French cinema
  • On Life On-screen: Miseries and Splendour of a Monarch, a sixty-minute documentary from 2010 on the collaboration of Guitry and actor Michel Simon
  • Sixty-minure episode of Cinéastes de notre temps from 1965 featuring interviews with some of Guitry's collaborators


La Poison
Sacha Guitry both wrote and directed the witty black comedy La Poison. This time, however, Guitry does not star in the film, relinquishing that honor to Michel Simon. Through a series of circumstances and plot twists too numerous to mention, an enterprising man (Simon) manages to get away with murdering his wife, even though he cheerfully admits his guilt in court. The murderer's defense strategy is targeted towards every man who has ever wished that his wife would simply disappear. If this notion seems familiar, it is because La Poison was loosely remade in 1966 as the Jack Lemmon comedy How to Murder Your Wife. While the original is more clever, the remake has more popular appeal. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Michel Simon
    Michel Simon - Paul Louis Victor Braconnier
  • Jean Debucourt
    Jean Debucourt - Aubanel
  • Pauline Carton
    Pauline Carton - The Mercer's Wife
  • Louis de Funès
    Louis de Funès
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    Jeanne Fusier-Gir
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