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Casque d'Or (1952)

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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 nobly accept the blame; this will leave Marie alone, which is what the lustful Felix has wanted all along. When Georges learns he's been set up as a dupe, he escapes from the police and kills Felix. Casque D'Or was based on the true-life Leca-Manda scandal, wherein an otherwise decent man was guillotined for shooting down a gangster boss in broad daylight. Since the scandal was common knowledge in France, the downbeat ending of this film was hardly unexpected but still extremely moving. Completed in 1951, Casque D'Or was a failure on its first release but then built up an excellent word-of-mouth reputation abroad. The film was released in the U.S. in 1956 as Golden Marie. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Simone Signoret
as Marie Casque D'or
Serge Reggiani
as Georges Manda
Claude Dauphin
as Felix Leca
Paul Azaïs
as Ponsard
Tony Corteggiani
as Superintendent
Paul Barge
as Police Inspector Giuliani
Loleh Bellon
as Leonie 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
Variety
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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
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One of the great movie romances.

February 9, 2006
Time Out
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A radiant Simone Signoret dominates Jacques Becker's 1952 film.

Full Review… | April 23, 2003
Chicago Reader
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[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
ColeSmithey.com

One of the great films of French cinema.

Full Review… | January 23, 2008
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Casque d'Or

This film is in desperate need of a more charismatic leading lady. Simone Signoret wears the most unappealing smirk throughout the first half, a smug and amused little smile. She comes off like a cold fish, and that's really the problem with this whole movie. It lacks the passion it so anxiously attempts to convey. Nonetheless, it must be noted for its luminous photography and some astonishing shots.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller
½

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
Stella Dallas

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½

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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