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Kenneth Turan's DVD Pick of the Week

Inspector Maigret, Commissario Brunetti: French, Italian connections

By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic

1:30 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

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MHz Networks has made a name for itself bringing to American audiences DVDs of European TV movies made from the exploits of the great modern European literary detectives. With Scandinavian detectives already accounted for, it is time to look at the French and Italians.

The grandfather of modern French detectives is of course George Simenon’s Inspector Maigret, and MHz has a large collection of the man’s best cases, with Bruno Cremer in the title role.

Not to be outdone, Italy offers not one but two detectives on film.

Best known to American audiences will be Donna Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti, the man who knows Venice like the back of his hand, and here played by Joachim Krol (in German).  Taking on crime in Italy is Detective Salvo Montalbano, played by Luca Zingaretti.

With these operatives on the case, we can all sleep sounder.

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