Le trou denounces injustice and celebrates solidarity, leaving you to ponder what happens when those values collide.J. Hoberman, New York Times
Michel Constantin, Jean Keraudy, Philippe Leroy, Raymond Meunier,
Becker’s last film, Le trou, is one of the great prison escape films and a profound meditation on freedom and confinement; it “exists in the same spiritual screen realm as Renoir’s Grand Illusion and Bresson’s A Man Escaped” (Telluride Film Festival). It has us rooting as never before for the success of its protagonists, all convicts of varying degrees of toughness attempting a prison breakout. Becker painstakingly establishes the contained world of four prisoners—and then adds a fifth. Suddenly, everything revolves around the newcomer: will he or won’t he go along with the escape plan? In this film, Becker has attempted what he might have called a “true” film: he achieves a totally engrossing tale through an extreme of realistic detail. Le trou is based on the autobiographical novel of José Giovanni, one of the participants of an actual escape attempt from Santé Prison in 1947; one of Giovanni’s cellmates, Jean Keraudy, appears in the film.
- Jacques Becker
- José Giovanni
- Jean Aurel
a novel by José Giovanni
- Ghislain Cloquet
- with English subtitles
- 132 mins
- Rialto Pictures
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The hole (program note), Denver International Film Festival, 1996
Le trou (program note), Telluride Film Festival, 1996
Le trou (program note), Cinémathèque française, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, 1981
Le trou (program note), 1964
Jean-Pierre Melville in context (program note), Chris Peachment
The night watch (distributor materials), Consort/Orion Films
Le trou (still)
Night watch (Le trou) (review), Film Comment
Le trou (program note), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Robert Vas
Le trou (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England)
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