What Got This Director Here?: His three major films.
My Favorite Past Experience Was…: N/A.
What Did I Watch: Casque D’Or.
Where Does He Fit: Casque D’Or’s debt to the older French directors, particularly Renoir but with a lot of Duvivier thrown in, is notable. Who cares, though, with Simone Signoret giving a performance straight out of an Ophuls movie, a slow decline that isn’t really her fault yet she willingly surrounds herself with terrible men. She would go on to win an Oscar in a few years, but this is deeply satisfying work, a tale of the underworld devouring itself over one woman’s misdeed…of falling in love with a reformed criminal, leading to death and destruction and red tape tying everyone and everything up.
Most Valuable Asset: Gritty Renoir stylings.
Most Excited For: Le Trou.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: If the other two are this good, sure.
Coming Up Next: Francesco Rosi, Italian crime director.