Gustave Minda, better known as Gu, a dangerous gangster, escapes from jail. He goes to Paris to join Manouche and other friends, and get involved in a gangland killing. Before leaving the country with Manouche, Gu needs a final job to get some money. But that's not so simple when you have Inspector Blot tracking you, and have to deal with the consequences of the shooting in Paris...Written by
Both Michel Constantin and Lino Ventura were former sportsmen - Wrestling for Ventura and volley ball for Constantin - and both were discovered and began their acting career thanks to director Jacques Becker - Touchez Pas Au Grisbi for Ventura and Le Trou for Constantin. See more »
In the very beginning of the movie, when Gu jumps over the prison wall, it shakes to the weight of his body, revealing it is probably made of wood or some other lighter material, and not concrete as it is made to appear. See more »
Slow Going But Rewarding Heist Film Needs Another Look
While in many ways a quintessential heist film, and in other ways a gangster film, this brooding black and white masterpiece also deals with certain codes of honor, and much that is important in the film is left unsaid; the viewer may expect reactions that don't occur, may often question the motives of characters that don't speak, and it is only to viewing the film a second time that much of it comes clear; with the excellent Criterion transfers, it's fascinating to follow the second time with the included commentary; this is not an action-packed film at 2 1/2 hours, but a good deal does happen: lives are lost, a massive robbery takes place, and one is never too sure where the lines between law and disorder cross. Do not expect Instant Involvement with Le Deuxieme Soufflé--but it has it's rewards!
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