Le Puritain (1938)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Made in France with an international cast, Le Puritan was scripted by, of all people, Irish poet-dramatist Liam O'Flaherty. Jean-Louis Barrault plays Ferriter, the "puritan" of the title, whose warped sense of justice is second only to his paranoia. When he is spurned by the woman he loves, Ferriter kills her, convinced that "justice" has been served. He then squanders his family's money on liquor, wandering from one gin mill to another to "explain" his actions. Everyone considers Ferrier a harmless eccentric, but eventually he spills too much to the wrong person and is thrown in jail. Even as the cell door closes on him, Ferrier is triumphant, convinced that his perverse brand of justice absolves him of all his sins.

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alcohol, guilt, justice, murder, paranoia, abolition [of slavery]