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“Maigret and the St. Fiacre Case” is the second film pairing director Jean Delannoy with actor Jean Gabin, adapting the mystery novels of George Simenon. Released roughly a year after “Maigret Sets a Trap,” the movie acts as a stand-alone episode rather than a sequel, and is just one of many adaptations of a character that has not enjoyed the same popularity in the U.S. as in Europe.  

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From the moment he set spaceships waltzing to “The Blue Danube,” it was clear Stanley Kubrick knew how to use music—and specifically, classical music—in his films. Excepting “Full Metal Jacket,” the fastidious and exacting director would use classical music throughout the rest of his career, from switched-on versions of Beethoven in “A Clockwork Orange” to abstract and terrifying music by Gyorgy Ligeti and Krzysztof Penderecki in films like “Eyes Wide Shut” and “The Shining.”

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