What the Critics Say
|John Woo on “Classe Tous Risques” 6|
This early Sautet makes us feel compassionate toward the robber/gangster played matter-of-factly (and brilliantly) by Lino Ventura, while abhorred at his cruelty in seeking vengeance. This portrait, filled with honesty and humility, is what makes this film so powerful and timeless.
|Jean-Pierre Melville “Classe Tous Risques” 7|
I offer my friendship
rarely. I have reached the age where one
can only give it in exchange; the calculation
of a miser who wants something for his money.
The more valuable the compensation, the more
solid the friendship. Sautet, by allowing me
to admire him, has left me completely fulfilled.
This young man of such maturity has taught
us a lesson in discretion and efficiency that
does not seem especially valued at a time when
we see that only the snobbery imposed by the
customers of a five-and-dime make and destroy
talents and values (A Woman Is a Woman,
Jules and Jim8).
If I am certain that in 1965 Claude Sautet
will be our greatest filmmaker, it is because,
aside from his talent, I admire his quiet courage.
And whereas, to make a film, we all know at
least a hundred pseudo-directors ready to commit
every infamy, Sautet, the false silent type,
waits to be inspired to shoot. But when he
shoots, he puts his heart into his work.
6 from a letter to Rialto
Pictures, August 2005; Woo has called Classe
Tous Risques one of his favorite film noirs.