Touchez pas au grisbi Film Still

Touchez pas au grisbi

Jacques Becker

 
Touchez pas au grisbi (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Out of Print
  • France
  • 1954
  • 96 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #271

Jean Gabin is at his most wearily romantic as aging gangster Max le Menteur in the Jacques Becker gem Touchez pas au grisbi (Hands Off the Loot!). Having pulled off the heist of a lifetime, Max looks forward to spending his remaining days relaxing with his beautiful young girlfriend. But when Riton (René Dary), Max’s hapless partner and best friend, lets word of the loot slip to loose-lipped, two-timing Josy (Jeanne Moreau), Max is reluctantly drawn back into the underworld. A touchstone of the gangster-film genre, Touchez pas au grisbi is also pure Becker—understated, elegant, evocative.

Cast

Max le MenteurJean Gabin
Henri Ducros, alias Riton René Dary
Pierrot, the club owner (“Fats”) Paul Frankeur
AngeloLino Ventura
MarcoMichel Jourdan
JosyJeanne Moreau
LolaDora Doll
Madame Bouche Denise Clair
Marinette, Pierrot’s wife Gaby Basset
Oscar, the fencePaul Oettly
Huguette, his secretary Delia Scala
Fifi-le-Dingue Daniel Cauchy
RamonVittorio Sanipoli
Betty, the AmericanMarilyn Buferd

Credits

DirectorJacques Becker
ProducerRobert Dorfmann
Adaptation byJacques Becker, Maurice Griffe and Albert Simonin
DialogueAlbert Simonin
Based on the novel byAlbert Simonin
CinematographyPierre Montazel
EditingMarguerite Renoir
Production designJean d'Eaubonne
MusicJean Wiener

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • 2002 video interview with actor Daniel Cauchy
  • Excerpt from an episode of the French television series Cineastes de notre temps dedicated to Jacques Becker, featuring screenwriter Maurice Griffe, Grisbi author Albert Simonin, actor Lino Ventura, and François Truffaut
  • 1972 interview excerpt with Lino Ventura
  • Clip from a 1978 interview with composer Jean Wiener
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation

    New cover by Christine Ditrio

Film Essays

Touchez pas au grisbi: Strange Reflections

By Geoffrey O’BrienJanuary 17, 2005

Albert Simonin’s novel Touchez pas au grisbi is said to have had a revolutionary impact on . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Touchez pas au grisbi: A Neglected Master

By Philip KempJanuary 17, 2005

Jacques Becker may well be the most seriously underestimated director in the history of French . . . Read more »

Clippings

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January 26, 2011

In a new article for Moving Image Source, critic and Cineaste editor Richard Porton peeks . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Touchez pas au grisbi: Strange Reflections

By Geoffrey O’BrienJanuary 17, 2005

Albert Simonin’s novel Touchez pas au grisbi is said to have had a revolutionary impact on . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Touchez pas au grisbi: A Neglected Master

By Philip KempJanuary 17, 2005

Jacques Becker may well be the most seriously underestimated director in the history of French . . . Read more »