Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 143: Wed May 25

Any Number Can Win (Verneuil, 1963): Cine Lumiere, 6.30pm

This 35mm presentation is also screened on May 29th and is part of the Cote d'Azur season - full details can be found here.

Chicago Reader review:
A thwarted caper film in the vein of Melville’s Bob le flambeur and Kubrick’s The Killing, Henri Verneuil’s 1963 feature stars Jean Gabin, the avatar of world-weary criminality, in one of his finest roles. Fresh out of prison, he enlists a former cell mate (Alain Delon) in a daring plan to rob a casino on the Riviera. Though the film was an international hit, Verneuil’s conventional narrative style attracted the scorn of the French New Wave. Forty years later it stands as a well-crafted noir with a long, tautly executed heist and a protracted denouement that’s even more engrossing.
Joshua Katzman

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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