Le Trou

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A new prisoner in a French penitentiary is put in a room with four other men who are already feeling crowded. After befriending them, the newcomer (Marc Michel) discovers that the rest of them are planning an elaborate breakout of the prison, one which involves extensive digging from their cell all … More Le Trou

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Grisbi (Touchez Pas Au Grisbi) (Don’t Touch The Loot)

BBBB (out of 5) Jean Gabin 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 … More Grisbi (Touchez Pas Au Grisbi) (Don’t Touch The Loot)

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Casque D’Or

BBB.5 (out of 5) Romantic and plush yet unsentimental period film by Jacques Becker. Simone Signoret is wonderful as a turn-of-the-century gangster moll who finds herself totally turned on when Serge Reggiani shows up at a local dance hall and starts pushing her tough friends around. The two of them become crazy about each other, but have … More Casque D’Or

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