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Claude Sautet's
CLASSE TOUS RISQUES

Friday, March 15 – Thursday, March 21

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NEW 4K RESTORATION

Directed by Claude Sautet
France, 1960
Starring Lino Ventura, Jean-Paul Belmondo
In French with English subtitles
Approx. 103 min. 4K DCP Restoration.


Neo-realism meets Film Noir, as gangster Lino Ventura, returning to France (where he’s been sentenced to death in absentia) after holing up in Italy for nearly a decade, pulls off a payroll heist on crowded Milan streets in broad daylight — then makes a lightning-paced getaway via car, motorcycle, bus (!), speedboat, and ambulance. First teaming of two great icons: erstwhile wrestling champ-turned-scene-stealing crime film stalwart Ventura and New Wave wunderkind Belmondo, fresh from BREATHLESS: the duo’s cross-generational bonding gives CLASSE its climactic poignancy. A penetrating study of the underworld tough guy at the end of his rope, drawn from screenwriter José Giovanni’s first-hand knowledge of the post-war French underworld.

Presented with support from the George Fasel Memorial Fund for Classic French Cinema

A RIALTO PICTURES RELEASE

Reviews

“POWERFUL AND TIMELESS.”
– John Woo

“A masterpiece of the French gangster drama…a tough and touching exploration of honor and friendship among thieves”.
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times
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“THE GREATEST OF ALL GANGSTER MOVIES.”
– John Patterson, The Guardian

“A STUNNING GANGSTER FLICK that expertly balances terse macho theatrics and a surprising tender emotional throughline.”
New York Magazine

“★★★★! A BURIED TREASURE…the most soulful and sympathetic of crime dramas!”
Newsday

“Jean-Paul Belmondo at the dawn of his stardom. He makes the kind of entrance you notice; wearing a loud, tweed overcoat would be perfect for a stickup, because witnesses would remember the coat instead of the guy inside. His entrance is an important moment in movie history. The French New Wave descended more or less directly from mainstream French crime films made in the 1950s, and if there is a missing link in that evolution, it might be this one.”
– Roger Ebert

“AS REVOLUTIONARY AS BREATHLESS.”
– Bertrand Tavernier

“Shot on city streets but unfolds in the world of the movies — a Godardian touch that anticipates Godard.”
– Jim Hoberman, The Village Voice

“Like discovering a bottle of marvelous French wine you didn’t remember you had, opening it and finding it every bit as delicious as its reputation promised. That’s how good this classic fatalistic French gangster film is.” 
– Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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