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These mystery imports starring Bruno Cremer as Georges Simenon's iconic detective aren't that bad at all...
MHz Networks / 561 Minutes / 2004-2005 / Unrated / Street Date: September 24, 2013
Considered by many to be the definitive incarnation of the beloved Georges Simenon detective, this set of mysteries featuring Inspector Maigret (Bruno Cremer) is exactly what you’d expect. These episodes are almost ten years old, so they have a well-worn retro charm to them, but they’re definitely newer than the early-90s Michael Gambon adaptations (which this writer tends to prefer), and therefore a bit more well-suited for modern audiences.
While one might be left out in terms of minor character nuance by jumping into this Set 9 compilation rather than starting at the beginning, basically all you need to know is that when there’s a particularly grisly or complicated murder, Maigret is the guy to call. With his pipe always within arm’s reach, this stanch, lovable gentleman approaches details in these mysteries with a sober, car fastidiousness. And he’s always just a little cranky, which gives the character all that much more brio.
Episodes included: Maigret at the Doctor's, A Shadow in the Courtyard, Maigret Rents a Room, The Lady's Companion, Seven Little Crosses, andMaigret at the Etoile du Nord.