Dir. Jacques Becker, 1952. 96 min. B&W. 35 mm.
With Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani, Claude Dauphin
In French with English subtitles
Jacques Becker’s masterpiece is both one of the unforgettable romances of the screen and one of its greatest tragedies. Set among the street criminals and working girls of Belle Époque Paris, Casque d’or tells the love story between reformed criminal Georges Manda (Serge Reggiani) and prostitute Marie (played by an incandescent Simone Signoret).
From love at first sight to the guillotine, from riverside dances to back-alley knife duels, Becker’s command of atmosphere, love of detailed characterization, and graceful camera style creates an extraordinary succession of set pieces that highlight this couple whose love defies the odds.
Simone Signoret won the BAFTA award for Best Foreign Actress in 1953 for her performance is Casque d’or.
“Casque d’Or is a deeply felt Belle-Époque period piece” — Wall Street Journal
The 7:30pm screening will be introduced by Dudley Andrew, R. Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature at Yale University.