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Dernier atout

(The Trump Card)

featuring

Mireille Balin, Raymond Rouleau, Pierre Renoir, Noël Roquevert,

Filmed during the German Occupation of France, Becker’s delightful “official” directorial debut owes a debt to the American gangster pictures that it was purposefully designed to take the place of, with Hollywood content having been banned by the Nazis. Opening with the sound of gunshots over our well-groomed hero calmly doing his crossword puzzles, Dernier atout seamlessly melds the frantic energies of a James Cagney pre-Code programmer to the subtler charms of French cinema, as it follows two police cadets dealing with a murderer, a beautiful femme fatale, and even a visiting Chicago gangster, memorably named Rudy Score.

Jason Sanders
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Jacques Becker
  • Maurice Aubergé
  • Louis Chavance
Cinematographer
  • Nicolas Hayer
Language
  • French
  • with English electronic titling
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 95 mins
Source
  • Rialto Pictures