Blue Panther (1965) Claude Chabrol

Blue Panther (1965)
aka Marie-Chantal contre le docteur Kha
Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller | Spy spoof
Country: Spain | France | Italy | Morocco | Director: Claude Chabrol
Language: French | Subtitles: English (.srt file)
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.66:1 | Length: 106mn
Dvdrip Xvid Avi - 720x544 - 25fps - 1.76gb

Marie-Chantal travels by train to her cousin's place to spend a winter holiday, when a stranger - apparently a fugitive from someone aboard - entrusts her with a jewel in the shape of a tiger with ruby eyes. Unknown to her, these false jewels contain a virus powerful enough to destroy all humankind. Doctor Kha is just one among many spies from different nations trying to get their hands on the tiger, or Marie-Chantal... It will give any nation a tremendous control over all others! Marie-Chantal, a snob girl, will evade all attacks by sheer female cunning, and shows tigerish qualities in dealing with her male, and female foes. 

These mid-1960s spy movies by Claude Chabrol are fascinating in two ways: a) because they were his training ground for his later, more celebrated films (he was already working with his favorite cinematographer, his favorite composer, some of his favorite actors, etc.), and b) because you can see a "pulpy" genre like the Eurospy filtered through Chabrol's arty sensibilities; both "Marie Chantal Vs Dr. Kha" and Chabrol's later "The Road To Corinthe" (his "Tiger" films with Roger Hanin, who also has a small role here, are less successful) are one-of-a-kind film experiences. And they both have strong, smart female characters at their center: here, Marie Chantal is thought to be a bubblehead by most people she encounters, but she is really quite capable in the body and quick in the mind; Marie Laforet plays her with a charm that is uniquely her own. 
 Blue Panther (1965)

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