Le trou

Le trou

The hole

DVD - 2001 | French
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In a Paris prison cell, five inmates use every ounce of their tenacity and ingenuity in an elaborate attempt to tunnel to freedom. Four of the inmates have been together for awhile in their cell, when Gaspard, the fifth inmate, is added to the cell. The original four inmates must decide if they want to take him into their confidence or not and whether to continue tunneling or not.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, c2001
ISBN: 9780780024021
Branch Call Number: FRE 791.4372 T8591b
Language Note: In French with optional English subtitles
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (132 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Aug 25, 2018

Tense, good characters. Quite different jail life in the 60-s France.

Apr 30, 2015

This is a seminal " escape from prison " film- it set the template for most future movies of the same ilk. It has a good twist at the end.

Apr 30, 2015

This is a 1960 French film directed by Jacques Becker, based on a true event concerning five prison inmates in La Santé Prison in France in 1947.
For the main roles in the film, Director Becker used mostly non-actors, one of whom is Jean Keraudy who was actually involved in the 1947 escape attempt and who introduces the film.
It is an engaging and thrilling docu-drama with a surprise at the end.

Feb 12, 2015

Based on an actual 1947 incident, director Jacques Becker hired some of the original escapees to be technical advisors on his film. The result is an intricate and painstakingly faithful recreation of both the prison itself and the unbelievable resourcefulness of the men who employed everything from glass bottles to cardboard boxes in their bid for freedom. Using mainly non-professional actors Becker elicits a host of natural performances whether he’s portraying an amiable bonhomie between the convicts themselves (including an oh-so subtle suggestion of homoeroticism) or a grim determination among men who have nothing much to lose. As an amazing aside Jean Keraudy, who plays ringleader Roland Darbant, is in fact playing himself. But it is the cinematography which raises this above the usual genre fare with a camera that crawls through narrow tunnels or stands still as a pair of inmates, lit only by a single flame, slowly recede down a stone passageway. A heady, claustrophobic film with suspense to spare and a relentless pace that had me glued to the screen right up to the final credits. Sadly, Jacques Becker died two weeks after filming was completed.

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