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(aka "A doppia mandata" or "Leda" or "Web of Passion")
France / Italy 1959


double tour, Claude Chabrol's third film, is his debut psychological thriller, a genre he subsequently transformed in films like Les Bonnes Femmes and L'Enfer. Through "expert use of flashbacks and vignettes," (NY Times) Chabrol creates a lurid and disturbing melodrama of infidelity, obsession and murder at a vineyard in rural Provence.

Vintner Henri Marcoux (Jacques Dacqmine) brazenly carries on an affair with a beautiful young neighbor (Antonella Lualdi) right under the nose of his bitter wife Thrse (Madeleine Robinson). Henri's gorgeous daughter has herself caught the eye of a Hungarian ne'er do well (Jean-Paul Belmondo), while Henri's voyeur son begins to take liberties with his father's mistress. As the family's passions ripen, the stage is set for tragedy.

Demonstrating "a flair for the camera and characterization," Chabrol leads his gifted cast through "fine performances" (NY Times). Italo-Greek ingnue Antonella Lualdi is a "dark, striking beauty who could easily turn a man's head," (NY Times), and storied French stage actress Madeleine Robinson (Orson Welles'
The Trial) received the Best Actress prize at the 1959 Venice Film Festival for her role. Belmondo is magnetic in his final part before Breathless (in which he used his character's name from double tour as an alias) catapulted him to international stardom.

Released in the US as Leda in 1961, Variety called double tour a "sleek whodunit," with "good camera work and tricky direction." Viewed today, double tour's swooping camera and character eccentricity echo both Alfred Hitchcock's most personal and obsessive films and Douglas Sirk's colorful '50s melodramas.


Theatrical Release: France 4 December 1959

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DVD Review: Kino Video - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandberg for the Review!

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Runtime 1:33:48

1:1.66 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.45 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Kino Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:1.66

Edition Details:
• Trailer
• Filmography
• Stills Gallery
• DVD-5 (SS-SL)

DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005
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Comments The transfer in Double Tour is on the better side of Claude Chabrol's film released on DVD, so we should be very grateful for this one!

In motion this film looks fine, with sharp image and a beautiful depth. The strong colors seem accurate, and the black levels are good. The anamorphic transfer is provided from Studio Canal, and it looks like the original master-tape was PAL sourced. When we stop the picture, we unfortunately get combing and ghosting. Even though it's not visible in motion, it makes the larger outdoor picture's very impure, especially if the camera or picture have some larger movement. The image seems also manipulated in some way (contrast boosted), but it can be that the combing makes the effect. Overall I'm very happy with this DVD and the film is a genuine Chabrol masterpiece. The mono sound is very strong. out of   

 - Per-Olof Strandberg



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