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August 7 – 8, 13, & 15    New York, NY    FILM FORUM

August 12 & 24    Berkeley, CA    BAMPFA

September 23    Washington, DC    NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART

Le Trou Play Dates

About

France/Italy, 1960
Director: Jacques Becker
Producer: Serge Silberman, Georges Charlot, Jean Mottet
Cast: Marc Michel, Raymond Meunier, Jean Keraudy, Michel Constantin, Philippe Leroy
Screenwriter: Jacques Becker, José Giovanni, Jean Aurel
Based on the novel by José Giovanni
Cinematography: Ghislain Cloquet
Music: Philippe Arthuys
Genre: Drama
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Language: French with English subtitles
Running Time: 132 minutes

Synopsis:
Four men in La Santé Prison, staring down the barrel at hard time, decide to execute a prison break and are forced to bring on a fifth member, Claude Gaspard (Marc Michel), when he is assigned to their cell. The particulars of the escape, based on actual events, are rendered in painstaking detail as the five men dream of freedom.

Awards and Nominations:
Best Film From Any Source and Best Actor - Philippe Leroy nominations (BAFTA Awards, 1962)
Best Film [tied with Breathless] (French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, 1961)

Reviews and Quotes 2

“THROBS WITH EXCITEMENT
AND SUSPENSE!”
The New York Times

“TAUT, BONE-BARE, AGONIZINGLY SUSPENSEFUL AND FLAWLESSLY ACTED!"
TIME

“ALMOST UNBEARABLY REAL!”
— The New Yorker

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