Casque d'Or (1952)

Casque d'Or




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The Paris demimonde of 1900 is the setting for Casque d'Or. Georges Manda (Serge Reggiani), an honest woodworker, falls in love with Marie (Simone Signoret), the "moll" of minor crook Roland (William Sabatier). Gangster boss Felix Leca (Claude Dauphin) orders Georges and Roland to fight a duel to the death over the girl, as prescribed by the "code of the apache." Felix then pins the blame for Roland's death on Georges' boyhood chum, Raymond (Raymond Bussières), knowing that the woodworker will … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Classics
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On DVD: Jan 18, 2005
Speva Films S.A.



as Marie Casque D'or

as Georges Manda

as Felix Leca

as Ponsard

as Superintendent

as Police Inspector Giu...

as Leonie Danard

as Danard
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Critic Reviews for Casque d'Or

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

An excellent recreation of a colorful French period.

Full Review… | January 23, 2008
Top Critic

An insular underworld drama of love and revenge vibrates authentically against a vividly etched background of early century Paris.

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

One of the great movie romances.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A radiant Simone Signoret dominates Jacques Becker's 1952 film.

Full Review… | April 23, 2003
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

[VIDEO ESSAY] Draped in the manners of fin de siècle in Paris, writer-director Jacques Becker's 1952 milestone of romantic drama is a snapshot of French social mores at the turn of the 20th century.

Full Review… | September 7, 2013

One of the great films of French cinema.

Full Review… | January 23, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Casque d'Or


simone signoret causes a whole lotta trouble but she's down for her man. the second impressive becker crime film i've seen. based on a true story, with old fashioned tragic romance that's not sappy and wonderful evocation of the demimonde in la belle époque

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]"Casque D'or" starts out on an idyllic summer day as a group of friends make their way to a tavern via boats. While there, one of them, Raymond(Raymond Bussieres) recognizes an old pal from prison, Jo(Serge Reggiani), who has since gone straight as a carpenter and is at the tavern with his boss. Raymond introduces Jo to his friends, one of whom is the beautiful Marie(Simone Signoret). Jo and Marie share a dance but this makes her fellow, Roland(William Sabatier), immensely jealous and he confronts Jo. But Jo clocks him before making his exit.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]These men are all part of a criminal gang headed by Felix Leca(Claude Dauphin), a crime boss with delusions of respectability. He sees that the altercation at the tavern could lead to waves in his finely tuned organization. So, he asks Marie to choose between the two men by that night...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Casque D'or" starts slowly but gets better as it goes along and builds towards a powerfully emotional climax. The movie explores the notion that we are all free and cannot be owned by others. Therefore, it is ironic that most of the characters are thieves.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


Turn of the century gangsters, waltzes, boating, ladies of the evening, honor, dishonor, and righteous violence. And Signoret! A marvelous entertainment.

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