The Big Risk, 2005

Bridging argot-rich 50s masterworks like “Rififi” and “Touchez-pas au Grisbi” with Jean-Pierre Melville’s pared-down thrillers of the 60s, Classe Tous Risques (1960) (the title refers to a type of insurance policy, à la “Double Indemnity,” but is also a pun on “tourist class”) is a penetrating study of the underworld tough guy at the end ofBridging argot-rich 50s masterworks like “Rififi” and “Touchez-pas au Grisbi” with Jean-Pierre Melville’s pared-down thrillers of the 60s, Classe Tous Risques (1960) (the title refers to a type of insurance policy, à la “Double Indemnity,” but is also a pun on “tourist class”) is a penetrating study of the underworld tough guy at the end of his rope, drawn from screenwriter José Giovanni’s first-hand knowledge of the post-war French underworld. (Film Forum)… Expand

 

 

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