Richard Branaugh, the now veteran actor and director, has been making feature film versions of Agatha Christie’s detective story novels for six years, I believe. Having knocked off “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Death on the Nile,” he now turns to a less well-known book, “Halloween Party.”

Not that Michael Green’s screenplay much resembles the 1969 novel. The new film is re-set in 1947 Venice, where Poirot, Christie’s little Belgian policeman, has gone into retirement, protected from his public by a recently-retired Italian policeman. The horrors of the Second World War have caused him to lose faith.

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