Built tough.

Touchez pas au grisbi. Jacques Becker. This movie is tough and damn good. Made in 1954 it was way ahead of its time and the movies that followed the film noir hype it set off. The story is good, the acting is good but its the direction and flatout boldness of it that makes it better than most that followed. This movie had balls for its time and still stands up against many current gangster movies. In fact, I think this movie is underestimated for its good script and tenacity and guts. I reckon in the next decades, it will be rediscovered as a blue print for the film noir era that followed, often imitated but never surpassed. (personal note: I dare to find a more gritty 1954 or before movie made). (1954)



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