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M + Touchez Pas au Grisbi




Image courtesy of Kino Lorber

Touchez Pas au Grisbi

Touchez Pas au Grisbi

Image courtesy of Rialto

"M" Fritz Lang movie trailer
 M + Touchez Pas au Grisbi

(Fritz Lang, 1931)  / (Jacques Becker, 1954)

 New Restoration of M

A Summer Abroad '13

Join us on a cinematic world tour with stops in France, Italy, Sweden, Germany, the UK, Japan, and Mexico. Our tour guides are some of the most revered directors in film history, including the likes of Jean Renoir, Jean-Luc Godard, Roberto Rossellini, Ingmar Bergman, Fritz Lang, Sally Potter, Akira Kurosawa, and Luis Buñuel. See all the titles on our big screen, many in new or recent restorations. By the way, the July and August features in our ongoing Film History 101 series are also part of A Summer Abroad ’13.

Thu, July 11, 2013 7 PM

M and Touchez Pas au Grisbi set the tones and the standards for the crime film genre in very different but equally influential ways.

“Every filmmaker from Francois Truffaut to Quentin Tarantino owes something of a debt to Becker's black-and-white boldness.”—Boston Globe (on Touchez pas au grisbi)

Fritz Lang’s haunting and expressionistic thriller M stars the unforgettable Peter Lorre as a psychotic child murderer on the run from the police and the criminal underworld of Berlin. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times notes in a 2013 review, “Whether you’re seeing it for the first time or revisiting an old favorite, Fritz Lang’s M in its new digital restoration should not be missed. Few films are gripping and effective 82 years after their original release, but this one surely is.” (117 mins., DCP, in German with English subtitles)

Loosely translated as “don’t touch the loot,” Touchez Pas au Grisbi is Jacques Becker’s poetic evocation of the criminal underworld of Paris’s Montmartre district. The stylish crime caper stars Jean Gabin and a young, pony-tailed Jeanne Moreau. Becker was an assistant director on an earlier film in which a younger Gabin delivered a memorable performance: Jean Renoir’s Grand Illusion (1937), also featured in this series. (96 mins., 35mm, in French with English subtitles)

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