Friday, March 4, 2022
Introduction by Jim Jarmusch on March 4
Aging hoods Max le Menteur (Jean Gabin) and Riton (René Dary) are sitting pretty after pulling off the heist of a lifetime—50 million francs in gold bullion snatched at Orly airport. For Max, this grisbi (loot) will ensure him a cushy retirement; for Riton, it will help him hold onto his two-faced girlfriend Josy (Jeanne Moreau, in one of her earliest film appearances), who, along with Max’s moll Lola, is appearing in a new floor show at the nightclub of their longtime underworld buddy, Pierrot (nicknamed “Fats”). But Max and Riton have another thing coming. Director Jacques Becker’s brilliantly crafted, surprisingly poignant crime drama features Gabin in a tremendous performance that helped relaunch his sagging career and won him the Best Actor award at the 1954 Venice Film Festival. A Rialto Pictures Release.