Touchez pas au grisbi (1954)

Touchez pas au grisbi (Hands Off the Loot!) is another classic film, directed by Jacques Becker. I can’t seem to get enough of these French gangster films. This one is great!

In Touchez pas au grisbi, a couple of aging gangsters want to retire and leave the underworld behind. Becker takes you back to Paris, 1954 and gives you glimpse at what the crime world may have been like. I’m always surprised, and pleased, at how gritty some of these French films were with the profanity, sex and violence—something you’d never see with an American or British film.

There is an honesty about these films that I find refreshing. Maybe its because I’m seeing them for the first time. I don’t know. I’m just glad that The Criterion Collection restores films like this. I’m sure I’d never see them otherwise.

The high definition transfer looks and sounds great. The DVD also contains several special features. Touchez pas au grisbi is a film that I would rank up there with Rififi and Bob le Flambeur and one that I plan to watch again.

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