Having pulled off the heist of a lifetime, Max looks forward to spending his remaining days relaxing with his beautiful young girlfriend. But when Max’s hapless partner lets word of the loot slip to loose-lipped, two-timing Josy (Jeanne Moreau), Max is reluctantly drawn back into the underworld.
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Comparison's between Grisbi and Bob Le flambeur are bound to arise, but I would say Bob Le flambeur would stay ahead of this game due to the significant reason that it s made up of the signature noir elements of betrayal, the amateur gangster, golden era of jazz, and of course the predecessor to all heist movies with an ending ahead of it's genre. But grisbi cannot be undermined and hasn't aged yet.
One of the best French Gangster pictures! So much coolness in this I can't fit it all in here, but for starters, Jean Gabin and Lino Ventura. Jeanne Moreau snorting coke and in a burlesque scene. And the record players and jukeboxes!!
I'm a sucker for anything with Jeanne Moreau. If you're able to overlook the ugly treatment of women in the film as a relic of the past (or not), there are some lovely sequences filmed in natural light. Becker is quite clever with his use of diegetic sound, and Betty's amazing dress with the extended shoulders stood out amongst a number of incredible wardrobe pieces.
The last remnants of sexual potency, male virility, youthful ferocity: watch the gestural juxtaposition between Gabin's movements & the movements of the younger generations. Gabin fondles women's breasts, & the viewers might feel repelled if it weren't unquestionably certain that these gestures are final remnants of possibility, an anticipation of the void. Jacques Becker's great work about the autumn of one's life.
i should say, it is a gorgeos ultra cool gangster movie, i love melville films, but i can't say no to this flick. with the last heist background, and without showing to much info about it, in the opening i didn't even realise they did the last heist before, and that was great. plus lino ventura is creepy here, gotta honest, masterpiece.
3.5 Great to see a film with older men as gangsters. Gabin and his cronies reminded me of my grandfather's generation: sharp dressers, compact body types, imposing commanders of their personal fiefdoms. Plus the unspoken rule that certain business was not to be discussed in front of women. It was a disturbing environment to be in as a child, and I am glad that gender constructs have changed.