Grisbi (1954)

JACQUES BECKER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  Touchez Pas Au Grisbi

Alternate title:  Don’t Touch The Loot

France/Italy, 1954.  Del Duca Films, Antares Produzione Cinematografica.  Adaptation by Jacques Becker, , , Dialogue by Albert Simonin, based on the novel by Albert Simonin.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

 gives a wise and worldly performance in this excellent gangster film by Jacques Becker (Le Trou). He plays an aging mobster who has recently made off with a huge payload of gold bullion and is planning to retire on it. Unfortunately, his partner decides to blab about their take and ends up getting himself kidnapped by a rival criminal, who only agrees to let the man go if Gabin shows up with the gold and gives it to him. has a small but wonderful role as the money-hungry moll who’s looking to improve her own station, but it is entirely Gabin’s show and he’s marvelous in it. Becker’s screenplay is witty and involving, his direction mesmerizing and the glinting black-and-white photography gorgeous.

The Criterion Collection:  #271

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