The Third Lover


1h 20m 1963

Brief Synopsis

A struggling French writer becomes obsessed with a successful literary couple that have invited him to stay at their chateau. Enraged with jealousy, he schemingly plots to undermine their happiness and the end result is tragic.

Film Details

Also Known As
L'oeil du malin
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 24 Jun 1963
Production Company
Lux Film; Rome--Paris Films
Distribution Company
Atlantic Pictures
Country
France
Location
Munich, West Germany; Bavaria, Germany

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

While in Bavaria working on a series of newspaper reports on German life, a second-rate French writer, Albin Mercier, meets Andréas Hartmann, a successful author, and his French wife, Hélène. They accept him as a friend and endeavor to make him feel at home in their luxurious villa. Instead of being grateful to them for filling his lonely hours, Albin becomes morbidly jealous of their happiness and plots to destroy them. While Andréas is away on a business trip. Albin attempts to seduce Hélène. When she rejects him, he begins spying on her and discovers that she has a lover. Albin takes pictures of them and presents them to Andréas. In the quarrel that follows, Andréas stabs his wife to death and then calls the police. Aware that he is responsible for the killing, Albin wallows in self-pity and tries to convince people of his guilt, but they refuse to believe him.

Film Details

Also Known As
L'oeil du malin
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 24 Jun 1963
Production Company
Lux Film; Rome--Paris Films
Distribution Company
Atlantic Pictures
Country
France
Location
Munich, West Germany; Bavaria, Germany

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

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Trivia

Notes

Filmed on location in Munich and elsewhere in Bavaria. Opened in Paris in May 1962 as L'oeil du malin; running time: 80 min. Martial Matthieu is a pseudonym for Claude Chabrol in this film.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1962

Released in United States 1962