Julien Duvivier

La tête d’un homme

La tête d’un homme

This meticulously crafted adaptation stars Harry Baur as novelist Georges Simenon’s indelible creation Inspector Maigret, investigating the odd circumstances surrounding the killing of a wealthy American woman in Paris. Every bit Baur’s equal is the Russian émigré actor Valéry Inkijinoff, cast as a reptilian, nihilistic medical student. Julien Duvivier gives the viewer one evocative image after another, constructing a work of sinister beauty.

Film Info

  • France
  • 1933
  • 93 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • French

Available In

Collector's Set

Eclipse Series 44: Julien Duvivier in the Thirties

Julien Duvivier in the Thirties

DVD Box Set

4 Discs


La tête d’un homme
Harry Baur
Jules Maigret
Valéry Inkijinoff
Stéphane Radek
Alexandre Rignault
Joseph Heurtin
Gaston Jacquet
Willy Ferrière
Louis Gauthier
The judge
Henri Echourin
Inspector Ménard
Marcel Bourdel
Inspector Janvier
Frédéric Munié
The lawyer
Armand Numès
Police chief
Charles Camus
Hotel manager
René Alexandre
The driver
Julien Duvivier
Produced by
Marcel Vandal
Produced by
Charles Delac
Louis Delaprée
Pierre Calmann
Julien Duvivier
From the novel by
Georges Simenon
Armand Thirard
Edited by
Marthe Poncin
Art direction
Georges Wakhévitch
Jacques Dallin
Marcel Courmes


Eclipse Series 44: Julien Duvivier in the Thirties
Eclipse Series 44: Julien Duvivier in the Thirties

Julien Duvivier’s early sound films offer emotionally rich explorations of life in prewar France.

By Michael Koresky