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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer **** (2006, Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman) – Classic Movie Review 2939

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Director Tom Tykwer’s lovingly crafted 2006 period serial killer movie isn’t to be sniffed at. Andrew Birkin, Bernd Eichinger and Tykwer’s screenplay makes an involving job of adapting Patrick Süskind’s hit novel Das Parfum.

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Ben Whishaw breaths the sweet smell of success in his first leading role at 25 playing a killer born with a unique nose and a superior sense of smell. He is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, who is beckoned to the scent of a woman’s soul, and spends the rest of his life attempting to smell her essence again by becoming a perfumier. He finds that he can create the world’s finest perfume – but then he searches for the ultimate scent.

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Also notable in the cast are Dustin Hoffman as perfumier Giuseppe Baldini and Alan Rickman as Antoine Richis, both relishing their roles.

Tykwer is the director of Run Lola Run, Cloud Atlas and A Hologram for the King.

© Derek Winnert 2015 Classic Movie Review 2939

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