“The Man on the Eiffel Tower,” directed by Burgess Meredith

Movie, 1950

A curious film for a number of reasons – partly the washed-out colour from a weird process and film stock, and partly through the relative lack of suspense and mystery in what feels like it should be a suspenseful and mysterious film, featuring Simenon’s Inspector Maigret. The result is far from unworthy, however; we have a dreamy set of characters and locations, culminating in an Eiffel Tower scene. Some really eccentric stuff here, all of which give the film a quite unique atmosphere. Not really a stand-out classic, but still, a bold and fairly inventive film which smoulders along without ever reaching boiling point or fever pitch. Solid entertainment.

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