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(France, 1971) Directed by Claude Sautet. Screenplay by Claude Sautet, and Claude Néron, and Jean-Loup Dabadie, based on the book by Néron. Director of photography: René Mathelin. Cast: Michel Piccoli, Romy Schneider, François Périer and Bernard Fresson.
Lovers of French film, hidden treasures, and Romy Schneider have much to be happy about this autumn! It’s the belated (by 41 years) U.S. release of a stylish policier by director Claude Sautet (Un coeur en hiver), in a new, restored print from a Film Society of Lincoln Center retrospective. Shot in and around everyday Paris, the plot follows an eccentric and lonely detective (Michel Piccoli) as he plans a bank heist with a old Army buddy – just so he can catch him and his loose criminal gang of “junkmen” in the act. His already questionable plan gets murkier as he moves in on his buddy’s streetwalker girlfriend, played by one of cinema’s pure treasures, Romy Schneider. 112 min