Constance Aux Enfers (1964)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller, Post-Noir (Modern Noir)  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - France, Spain  |  
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French film star Michele Morgan plays a reclusive Parisian music teacher. She gets her jollies by peeking through her window and witnessing the romantic liaisons of her female neighbor. When the girl is strangled by one of her lovers, the killer (Simon Andreau) hides out in Michele's apartment. The widow is turned on by the dangerous eroticism of the situation, and soon becomes the murderer's lover. A blackmailer (Claud Rich) extracts a great deal of money from the errant Morgan, whereupon it is revealed that the "murder victim" (Dany Saval) is very much alive and part of the extortion scheme. Morgan's vengeance is delicious to behold--and this being a foreign film, she actually gets away with it. Jean-Pierre Ferriere adapted his own novel for the screenplay of Web of Fear, which was originally issued in France as Constance aux Enfers and simultaneously in Spain as Un Balcon Sobre el Infierno.

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