La Belle Époque makes the perfect canvas for Becker’s evocative Casque d’Or, an ill-fated story of an impossible love, inspired by the violent criminal underworld of early 20th century Paris.

Marie (Signoret) is nicknamed Casque d’Or (Helmet of Gold) by her gangster lover Roland thanks to her distinctive head of blonde hair. The story unfolds in a dancehall on the banks of the Marne, where she is introduced to the handsome stranger Georges (Reggiani), much to Roland’s chagrin. They fall instantly in love, and their passion triggers an underworld rivalry that rapidly descends into conflict, treachery and murder.

Shot in sensuous black and white photography, with poignant and masterful performances, Casque d’Oris Becker at the height of his cinematic prowess, and ripe for rediscovery.

In French with English subtitles. Cast: Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani, Claude Dauphin, Gaston Modot, Paul Barge, Raymond Bussières.

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