La Mort de Belle (1961)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Transference of guilt, a theme near and dear to the heart of French author Georges Simenon, forms the basis of Passion of Slow Fire, adapted from Simenon's novel La Mort de Belle. American student Alexandra Stewart completing her education in France, turns up murdered. The prime suspect is professor Jean Desailly, inasmuch as Stewart was residing with Desailly and his wife Monique Melinard. While the professor is innocent, the impact of the tragedy causes him to kick over the traces, acquire a mistress, and ultimately kill her. Passion of Slow Fire was also released as The End of Belle.

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murder, prime-suspect, professor, student, mistress, wife