This is what is meant by the filmmakers of the French New Wave when referencing the old French Cinema they sought to subvert. It’s a perfect example of that Renoir frame of mind, even though he is not the director here. “Tradition of quality” I think they called it. This is certainly that.
Un des plus beaux et des plus complets films de Jacques Becker, qui immortalise la regrettée Simone Signoret dans un des rôles essentiels de sa longue et variée carrière. Désormais un classique du cinéma français qui n'a rien perdu de sa mélancolique tendresse et de sa légendaire fatalité. Certainement l'une des meilleures compositions de Serge Reggiani, époustouflant. www.cinefiches.com
a completely unexpected beautiful piece of French cinema, that I had never heard of until I perused Criterion's French section and chose it for my Romance Criterion segment at the theatre. it will sweep you off your feet with the soft glow cinematography, the beautiful black and white, and Simone's captivating beauty. I am shocked at how little following this film has and how I haven't seen it til now. must watch!
I expected a handsome, atmospheric period piece, which we get in this film, but there's so much more - Casque d'or has guts! A nicely realized production that affected me more deeply than anticipated. Simone Signoret is magnificent, the way she carries herself, her saucy grin communicates so much, especially considering the hapless situation her character was in. She and Serge Reggiani created a couple to care about.