Monday, June 2, 2008

Standard Sautet

ImageClasse tous risques (Criterion)
Claude Sautet’s gangster drama comes off as ersatz Jean-Pierre Melville, and the presence of Lino Ventura–hero of Jean-Pierre Melville’s magnum opus, Army of Shadows–as the criminal fugitive cements that feeling. This otherwise standard 1960 policier has a gritty look thanks to location shooting on the streets of Paris and Nice, making it a strange sort of kin with Godard’s debut Breathless (which also starred Classe tous Risques’ co-star Jean-Paul Belmondo, and was made at about the same time).
Sautet documentary excerpts; screenwriter interview; archival Ventura interview.

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