Capital Celluloid 2023 — Day 196: Sun Jul 16

Le Trou (Becker, 1960): Cine Lumiere, 1.50pm

This screening will be introduced by film critic and programmer Roberto Oggiano while you can also catch the film on July 18th and 21st. Details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Released alongside Breathless and The 400 Blows, Jacques Becker’s 1960 film was the last great flowering of French classicism; the “tradition of quality” here goes out with a masterpiece. It’s a prison-break film, based on a true story, that follows the dictates of the genre almost every step of the way but makes the conventions shine with new life and meaning. The suspense is built slowly and carefully, through finely perceived physical details and quirks of character. The obvious comparison is to Bresson’s A Man Escaped, but Becker has none of Bresson’s taste for abstraction; his film is rooted in the immediate, the concrete, the human.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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