Jacques Becker-Casque d'or (1952)

Posted By: FNB47
Jacques Becker-Casque d'or (1952)

Jacques Becker-Casque d'or (1952)
1464.3 MB | 2:41:25 | French with English s/t | XviD, 1140 Kb/s | 672x288

Jacques Becker lovingly evokes the Belle époque Parisian demimonde in this classic tale of doomed romance. When gangster's moll Marie (Simone Signoret) falls for reformed criminal Manda (Serge Reggiani), their passion incites an underworld rivalry that leads inexorably to treachery and tragedy. With poignant, nuanced performances and sensuous black-and-white photography, Casque d'or (Golden Marie) is Becker at the height of his cinematic powers�a romantic masterpiece. Criterion

Jacques Becker-Casque d'or (1952)

Jacques Becker-Casque d'or (1952)

Jacques Becker-Casque d'or (1952)

In an open-air dance hall, the members of Leca's gang are relaxing with their ladies. One of them, Marie, aka "Casque d'Or" (Golden Helmet) meets Manda, a carpenter. Her man Roland belongs to the jealous kind, and Leca himself has his eye on her. A story of love, death, friendship and jealousy during the Belle Epoque. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0043386/plotsummary)

Jacques Becker-Casque d'or (1952)

Jacques Becker-Casque d'or (1952)

Jacques Becker-Casque d'or (1952)

The linear story of "Casque d'Or" has the neatness of a Maupassant's tale. We are transferred into a most glorious epoch for French culture and art: the decline of the 19th century, the age of Impressionism. Marie (Simone Signoret) is a blond beauty, a cheerful "lost woman". She's the girl-friend of a member of a gang of small-time but ruthless criminals. She falls in first-sight-love with George Manda (Serge Reggiani) a former crook, now a honest carpenter. Predictable troubles ensue…(http://imdb.com/title/tt0043386/usercomments)

Jacques Becker-Casque d'or (1952)

Jacques Becker-Casque d'or (1952)

Jacques Becker-Casque d'or (1952)

The atmosphere of the epoch is wonderfully recreated, with a black-and-white photography of indescribable beauty. An Impressionist Master behind the camera couldn't have done better. And, in fact, Becker was a favorite "student" of director Jean Renoir, Auguste Renoir's son. Becker's characteristic narrating style is nostalgic, serene, gently ironic. He deliberately avoids over-dark tones in his representation of the underworld, even in the middle of tragic events. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0043386/usercomments)

Jacques Becker-Casque d'or (1952)

Jacques Becker-Casque d'or (1952)

Jacques Becker-Casque d'or (1952)

Simone Signoret is a charismatic presence on the screen: outstanding is her use of body-language to draw Marie's character, both a romantic enamoured woman and a cynical harlot. Reggiani is excellent as the laconic, tough Manda: he utters some twenty words along the whole movie, yet we perfectly understand his peculiar honor code, his profound love for Marie, his unselfish devotion to friendship. Splendid is Leca (Claude Dauphin), the boss of the gang, officially a respectable well-off wine-dealer: proficient, cool-headed, extremely cunning and Machiavellian, always ready to betray his own men to pursue his dirty purposes. Indeed, great care is paid to the design of all characters, with superb acting by the whole cast. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0043386/usercomments)

Jacques Becker-Casque d'or (1952)

Jacques Becker-Casque d'or (1952)

Jacques Becker-Casque d'or (1952)

Exquisite poetic touches permeate the movie… Marie drags Manda into a church, where a simple wedding (of unknown middle-class people) is taking place. Shortly after, Manda is impatient "Let's go"; and Marie "No, just another minute"… and she contemplates the wedding with a dreaming smile.. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0043386/usercomments)

Jacques Becker-Casque d'or (1952)

Jacques Becker-Casque d'or (1952)

Jacques Becker-Casque d'or (1952)