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The year 1962 was glorious for French haute couture but not so great for French politics—Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent were all-powerful, but Charles de Gaulle faced coup plots and multiple assassination attempts after recognizing Algeria’s independence. Speakerine, a murder mystery that revolves around Christine Beauval (Marie Gillain), an elegant female presenter on French state television, has deliciously vintage fashion and vicious political intrigue. Mad Men will come to mind, and so will the British series The Hour, which focused on a BBC news team at the time of the Suez crisis. There are even a few Hitchcock references, though the men in power—plus ça change—seem modeled on more recent, real-life predators, such as Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Gabriel Matzneff. —Alessandra Stanley

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