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Casque d'Or

5

A French classic celebrates its 60th birthday

A 60th anniversary reissue for Jacques Becker’s sublime tale of doomed love, which unfolds in the Parisian underworld at the turn of the 20th Century.
 
Simone Signoret plays golden-haired prostitute Marie, who falls for a reformed criminal Manda (Serge Reggiani), much to the fury of her mob boss boyfriend Felix (Claude Dauphin).
 
Simultaneously sensual and austere, Casque d’Or lovingly recreates Montmartre during the Belle Époque: if only more contemporary costume dramas could match its compelling blend of tenderness and brutality.
 

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