Directed by Jacques Becker • 1952 • France
Starring Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani, Claude Dauphin
Jacques Becker lovingly evokes the belle epoque Parisian demimonde in this classic tale of doomed romance. When gangster’s moll Marie (Simone Signoret) falls for reformed criminal Manda (Serge Reggiani), their passion incites an underworld rivalry that leads inexorably to treachery and tragedy. With poignant, nuanced performances and sensuous black-and-white photography, CASQUE D'OR (GOLDEN MARIE) is Becker at the height of his cinematic powers, a romantic masterpiece.
This silent footage shot on the set of CASQUE D’OR provides a rare glimpse of director Jacques Becker at work. It was broadcast in 1951 as part of the program “Silence on tourne: CASQUE D’OR.” Film critic Philip Kemp recorded commentary for the footage in 2004.
The following excerpts from a 1967 episode of “Cinéastes de notre temps” feature interviews with many of director Jacques Becker’s collaborators and admirers, including Simone Signoret, Claude Dauphin, François Truffaut, and Marguerite Renoir. In the first clip, we learn about Becker’s beginnings...