Casque d'Or Reviews
By the way, have any of you gotten used to saying, "The turn of the [i]last[/i] century" to refer to the time approximately between 1895 and 1905? I haven't. It's just weird.
In this film, we explore the nature of love--indeed, of several kinds of love. The two relationships most important to the story are that of Marie and Manda and that of Manda and Raymond. Without either one, we wouldn't have a story--or, if we did, it would be vastly different.
There are also the men who think they love Marie but instead want her as a status symbol, to prove they can "own" such a woman. They want the beautiful, expensive woman as a showpiece. Marie, in turn, wants to be kept by someone who will provide well for her. Then again, she loves the simple existence she shares with Manda; it's only in town that she feels the need for riches.
We see that Marie must make her choice, and we see what the choice she doesn't want to make costs everyone around her. We don't know how much she knows about what the men who keep her before she meets Manda do to pay for her, but we are left to suspect that it's unimportant to her. Until she meets the carpenter, what matters is her pleasures.
We also, incidentally, never learn how Manda and Raymond met or why Manda apparently has a name that is not the one he had the six or seven years before, when last they saw each other. However, I suspect that Manda's not exactly a stranger to criminal activities.
Based on real trials of the fin de siecle, it is realist rather than romantic.
[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]
[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]
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