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French Crime Films at New Beverly Cinema

The New Beverly Cinema will be hosting a series of French crime films from Wed, April 3 to Wed, April 24, 2019 as part of their Wednesday Afternoon Classics shows. Titles include Rififi (1955), Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954), Quai Des Orfèvres (1947), and Bob Le Flambeur (1956). 

All shows will be screened on 35mm on Wednesdays at 2:00pm, and tickets are $6.

Wed, April 3 at 2:00pm: The heist film Rififi is widely regarded as the most influential film of the genre. Tony Le Stéphanois (Jean Servais), back from prison after taking a rap for Jo le Suédois (Carl Möhner), is ready to settle a few scores and mastermind a brilliant jewel heist. A worldwide smash hit, Rififi earned director Jules Dassin the Best Director prize at Cannes and set the standard for screen robberies for decades to come.

Wed, April 10 at 2:00pm: The rarely screened black and white French crime gem Touchez Pas au Grisbi from director Jacques Becker features rival crime syndicates, a nightclub setting, loyalty, deceit, and a climatic mob shoot out. After pulling off their "retirement job," aging criminals Max (Jean Gabin) and Henri (René Dary) think they can give up the game. But when Henri's girlfriend (Jeanne Moreau) tells the drug-dealer Angelo (Lino Ventura) about the loot, violence erupts.

Wed, April 17 at 2:00pm: For fans of Film Noir, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Quai Des Orfèvres begins when a sleazy movie financier who has been pursuing nightclub performer Jenny Lamour (Suzy Delair) turns up dead. Her jealous husband (Bernard Blier) is the prime suspect in Inspector Antoine's (Louis Jouvet) investigation for the Quai des Orfèvres, France's Scotland Yard.

Wed, April 24 at 2:00pm: Jean-Pierre Melville’s classic Bob Le Flambeur is not just a heist film, it is the title character’s last heist film. Bob, played by Roger Duchesne, is a gambler and ex-con, having walked the straight and narrow for the past 20 years. But, when he learns the casino he frequents will have eight million dollars in its safe, he can’t resist one last heist.

Directed by: Jules Dassin
Written by: Jules Dassin, René Wheeler, Auguste Le Breton
Starring: Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel
Year: 1955
Runtime: 118 min
Language: French, Italian, and English with English subtitles
Distributor: Rialto Pictures

Touchez Pas au Grisbi
Directed by: Jacques Becker
Written by: Jacques Becker, Maurice Griffe, Albert Simonin
Starring: Jean Gabin, René Dary, Dora Doll, Vittorio Sanipoli
Year: 1954
Runtime: 94 min
Language: French with English subtitles
Distributor: Rialto Pictures

Quai Des Orfèvres
Directed by: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Written by: Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jean Ferry
Starring: Louis Jouvet, Suzy Delair, Bernard Blier
Year: 1947
Runtime: 106 min
Language: French with English subtitles
Distributor: Rialto Pictures

Bob Le Flambeur
Directed by: Jean-Pierre Melville
Written by: Jean-Pierre Melville, Auguste Le Breton
Starring: Roger Duchesne, Isabelle Corey, Daniel Cauchy
Year: 1956
Runtime: 98 min
Language: French with English subtitles
Distributor: Rialto Pictures