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Casque d’or

Jacques Becker

 
Casque d’or (Criterion DVD)

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  • France
  • 1952
  • 94 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #270

Jacques Becker lovingly evokes the belle epoque Parisian demimonde in this classic tale of doomed romance. When gangster’s moll Marie (Simone Signoret) falls for reformed criminal Manda (Serge Reggiani), their passion incites an underworld rivalry that leads inexorably to treachery and tragedy. With poignant, nuanced performances and sensuous black-and-white photography, Casque d’or (Golden Marie) is Becker at the height of his cinematic powers—a romantic masterpiece.

Cast

MarieSimone Signoret
Georges MandaSerge Reggiani
Felix LecaClaude Dauphin
RaymondRaymond Bussières
DanardGaston Modot
Police Inspector GiulianiPaul Barge
JulieDominique Davray

Credits

DirectorJacques Becker
ProducerRobert Hakim
Production managerHenri Baum
ScreenplayJacques Becker and Jacques Companeez
Adaptation and dialogueJacques Becker
CinematographyRobert Le Febvre
EditingMarguerite Renoir
SoundAntoine Petitjean
Costume designMayo
Assistant directorMarcel Camus
MusicGeorges van Parys

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie
  • 1995 video interview with actor Serge Reggiani
  • 1963 interview with actress Simone Signoret from the French television program Cinepanorama
  • Excerpt from an episode of the French television series Cineastes de notre temps, dedicated to Jacques Becker
  • Rare, silent behind-the-scenes footage of Becker on the set, with commentary by film scholar Philip Kemp
  • New essay by Kemp
  • New and improved English subtitle translation

    New cover by Christine Ditrio

Film Essays

Casque d’or: Tenderness and Violence

By Philip Kemp January 17, 2005

Along with Touchez pas au grisbi and Le Trou, Casque d’or is now widely recognized as the summit of Jacques Becker’s achievement as a filmmaker, a distillation of everything that’s most personal . . . Read more »

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BAZIN UNBURIED

May 14, 2009

Here’s a definite must-read: in its latest issue, Bright Lights Film Journal features André Bazin’s essay “Fifteen Years of French Cinema,” in its first-ever English translation (by Bert . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Casque d’or: Tenderness and Violence

By Philip Kemp January 17, 2005

Along with Touchez pas au grisbi and Le Trou, Casque d’or is now widely recognized as the summit of Jacques Becker’s achievement as a filmmaker, a distillation of everything that’s most personal . . . Read more »