Casque D'Or

Casque D'Or

Simone Signoret
Director: Jacques Becker Cast: Simone Signoret
Simone Signoret
, Serge Reggiani
Serge Reggiani
, Claude Dauphin
Claude Dauphin
Jacques Becker

DVD (Black & White)

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The Paris demimonde of 1900 is the setting for Casque d'Or. Georges Manda (Serge Reggiani), an honest woodworker, falls in love with Marie (Simone Signoret), the "moll" of minor crook Roland (William Sabatier). Gangster boss Felix Leca (Claude Dauphin) orders Georges and Roland to fight a duel to the death over the girl, as prescribed by the "code of the apache." Felix then pins the blame for Roland's death on Georges' boyhood chum, Raymond (Raymond Bussières), knowing that the woodworker will nobly accept the blame; this will leave Marie alone, which is what the lustful Felix has wanted all along. When Georges learns he's been set up as a dupe, he escapes from the police and kills Felix. Casque D'Or was based on the true-life Leca-Manda scandal, wherein an otherwise decent man was guillotined for shooting down a gangster boss in broad daylight. Since the scandal was common knowledge in France, the downbeat ending of this film was hardly unexpected but still extremely moving. Completed in 1951, Casque D'Or was a failure on its first release but then built up an excellent word-of-mouth reputation abroad. The film was released in the U.S. in 1956 as Golden Marie.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/18/2005
UPC: 0037429202326
Original Release: 1952
Source: Criterion Collection
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 33,415

Special Features

New, restored high definition digital transfer; Audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie; 1995 video interview with actor Serge Reggiani; 1963 video interview with actress Simone Signoret from the French television program Cinépanorama; Excerpt from the episode of the French television series Cinéastes de Notre Temps dedicated to Jacques Becker; Rare, silent behind the scenes footage of Becker on the set, with commentary by film scholar Philip Kemp; Alternate English dubbed soundtrack, featuring Signoret, Reggiani, and Claude Dauphin; New essay by Philip Kemp; New and improved English subtitle translation

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Simone Signoret Marie, Casque D'or
Serge Reggiani Georges Manda
Claude Dauphin Felix Leca
Raymond Bussières Raymond
Paul Azäis Ponsard
Jean Clarieux Paul
Tony Corteggiani Superintendent
Roland Le Saffre Anatole
Paul Barge Police Inspector Giuliani
Leon Bary Actor
Loleh Bellon Leonie Danard
Claude Castaing Fredo
Dominique Davray Julie
Jean Degrave Actor
Emile Genevois Billy
Daniel Mendaille Actor
Gaston Modot Danard
William Sabatier Roland
Julien Maffre Actor

Technical Credits
Jacques Becker Director,Screenwriter
Jacques Companeez Screenwriter
Jean D'Eaubonne Production Designer
Robert Le Febvre Cinematographer
Raymond Hakim Producer
Robert Hakim Producer
Mayo Costumes/Costume Designer
Marguerite Renoir Editor
Georges Van Parys Score Composer
Annette Wademant Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Ball [7:30]
2. Dancing With Marie and Roland [5:27]
3. In Pursuit of Marie [3:23]
4. Felix Leca Wines and Spirits [4:55]
5. Spreading the Wealth [4:23]
6. Tensions Mount/An Evening Out [10:51]
7. Knife Fight [6:56]
8. A Corpse Is Discovered [4:27]
9. Riverbank Encounter [6:59]
10. Hitting it Off [4:01]
11. For Anatole's Granny [4:53]
12. Raymond the Murderer [7:54]
13. Marie Confronts Felix [2:48]
14. Confession [:55]
15. The Road to Prison [4:45]
16. Hunting Leca [5:48]
17. Condemned [6:20]
18. Color Bars [5:53]

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