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Film Series : Jacques Becker

Touchez pas au grisbi

Hands Off the Loot!

1953, Jacques Becker, France, 94 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Jan 5th 5:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 9th 6:00pm

"Becker's finest film...a significant influence on subsequent French crime classics such
as RIFIFI and BOB LE FLAMBEUR."--David Parkinson, Sight and Sound

One of Becker’s most admired films, TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI (“Hands Off the
Loot!”) set the template for RIFIFI, BOB LE FLAMBEUR, LE SAMOURÄI, and
other tough French noirs of the 1950s and 1960s. Two aging crooks (Jean Gabin, René
Dary) plan a spectacular gold heist at Orly Airport, but their plans are complicated by
a brutal rival (Lino Ventura) and an unreliable girlfriend (Jeanne Moreau). Becker’s
originality was to treat criminals like ordinary human beings, observing their habits
and quiet moments, and the result is not only an exciting crime thriller but also a
moving meditation on friendship and growing old. In French with English subtitles.
New 2K DCP digital restoration. (MR)

Note: This trailer, the best we could find, is unsubtitled. The version of the film shown at our screening(s) will be subtitled in English.

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