I'm enthusiastic about this film. I watched this last night and I really loved it. I'll rate it 8/10. Charles Boyer, recreating the role he had on the stage, gives us a great, great performance. The writing is terrific in showing us the main characters. Boyer is an anarchist, and his outlook and behavior are accurate representations of the anarchist of that time period. But this is an anarchist whose ideas are shaken by his attraction to someone who represents what he despises. Gaby Morley plays a famous actress. Her part too is extremely well-written in depicting the emotional sensitivity of an artist accustomed to understanding many kinds of people. In addition, we see her sacrifice to her career, her dominant relations with men, her need to be in the spotlight, and her weak side. Michel Simon plays Morley's manager. His gay sexuality is prominent, but he's shown as quite devious and calculating. It's his date for dinner who is depicted as a sissy.
The staging is first-rate. The camera is fluid. The lighting is expressionist. This is the furthest thing from hard-boiled Hollywood crime noir, even though there is a lengthy trial sequence and the plot moves ahead on a shooting. This is sensitive and shaded noir.