Corrected entry: The events of the entire film are all derived from the fact that Claudin has a newly developed hand disorder and can no longer play difficult pieces on the violin or piano. In the scene just after Marie has threatened him that if she doesn't get the rent he'll be evicted, we see him playing his difficult composition on his piano, and it is made obvious that he is in pain. But in the scene where he has kidnapped Christine and taken her to his lair, he is playing the exact same piece with no hint of discomfort.
Trivia: When Claudin thinks his concerto has been stolen, he goes into a frenzy and attacks the music publisher. The publisher's assistant, Georgette, stops the attack by splashing a tray full of powerful etching acid into Claudin's face. Oddly, Claudin does not recoil when she throws the acid; rather, he leans forward, as if to ensure that it the liquid strikes him full in the face. Which is precisely what happened. To avoid having to shoot the messy scene more than once, we see actor Claude Rains deliberately leaning into the splash for a thorough dousing.
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