Le Grand Jeu

Belgian director ladles on the sleazy atmosphere...

Belgian-born director Jacques Feyder is a faded figure now, but in the ’30s he was a major force in French cinema. Le Grand Jeu takes that old standby plot – the disgraced playboy who joins the Legion ‘to forget’ – and plays Pirandellian games by having the same actress (Marie Bell) play his blonde Parisian girlfriend and the dark-haired hooker he meets in Morocco.

Pierre Richard-Willm makes a bland hero, but there’s compensation in Françoise Rosay’s blousy madame, and Feyder ladles on the sleazy, sweaty atmosphere.

Film Details

  • PG
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: June 21st 2010
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