Touchez pas au Grisbi

Tuesday, 29 January

Touchez pas au Grisbi

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TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI   1954   directed by Jacques Becker   92 minutes   In French with English subtitles

This is a black & white dazzler by the impeccable Jacques Becker. It would set the standard for decades, and helped to give birth to an entirely new European film genre, known in France as the policier. This flick set the template of the aging gangster Max (Jean Gabin) who is lured into riding along for one last heist. Once the deed is done, he refuses to begin spending the loot right away. He's too clever for that... he lets things calm down and just waits for the time to pass and everybody to forget. From there, the film begins to tumble, and then it just tumbles and tumbles - leading to a dynamite climax.

But for me the story isn't so important. Stories are a dime a dozen. What is crucial is how a story is conveyed, and in this case we are transported through the lens of another world, another era. Thick with atmosphere and sparkling with black-and-white cinematography, we see a Paris that no longer exists. And yet it doesn't only document a long-gone city... but also the movements, gestures, glances, points-of-view, a quality of life that is utterly incomprehensible today. Weaving through all the scenes is a jazzy music score by Jean Wiener, that includes an irresistible, lonely harmonica interlude. Besides starring Jean Gabin in one of his iconic roles, it also features Lino Ventura, Dora Doll and a young Jeanne Moreau.

This will be a high-definition projection.

Date & Time: 

Tuesday, 29 January, 2019 - 20:30

Category: 

  • film

Price: 

  • 3-5 €
- 3 €
Filmhuis Cavia
Van Hallstraat 52-1
1051 HH Amsterdam
Netherlands

Directions: 

Go through the gate. Cavia is on the right hand side, above Xena Sports. Take the stairs.

Squat: 

Former squat, now legalised

Filmhuis Cavia is a counterculture cinema, founded in 1983 by a squatters movement, which programs films you aren't likely to see anywhere else.

categories: 

  • film

opening times: 

Our regular screenings are on Tuesdays (programmed by Jeffrey), Thursdays and Fridays, but we also have extra screenings and film festivals throughout the year. Look us up to find our monthly program.

Doors always open half an hour before the film starts.

Weekly programme of film screenings in a circuit of underground / self-organised venues. Forgotten movies that should have been classics, neglected flics, lesser-known gems, always with a personal introduction by the programmer. All films in English, or with English subtitles.

categories: 

  • film

opening times: 

mostly Sunday to Thursday at about 7 different underground locations.