Cinema: Behind the Wall

VIOLETTE

Directed by Claude Chabrol

Screenplay by Odile Barski, Herve Bromberger and Frederic Grendel

Violette Noziere was a pretty and a dissolute French working-class girl who, in 1933 at the age of 18, poisoned her mother and father. The father died, but the mother survived, and at her trial for murder Violette claimed that this outcome was deliberate. She murdered him to escape his incestuous attacks, she said, and merely gave her mother enough poison to disable her so that she could not rescue her husband.

The crime and trial created an enormous stir, which Director...

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