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Le Trou (The Hole) (Criterion Collection)

André Bervil , Jean Keraudy , Jacques Becker    Unrated   DVD
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In a Paris prison cell, five inmates use every ounce of their tenacity and ingenuity in an elaborate attempt to tunnel to freedom. Based on the novel by José Giovanni, Jacques Becker's Le Trou (The Hole) balances lyrical humanism with a tense, unshakable air of imminent danger.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Film Not to be Missed Jan. 10 2004
When I was working in the suburbs south of Paris I would drive past the Prison de la Santé on my way out of the city, never caring much about what went on inside. Then I saw this film.
Jacques Becker's film tells the story of five men who attempt an escape from the Santé Prison. The men dig their way through the cell floor until they break through a ceiling of the Paris sewer system through which they can reach freedom. The main character is a young man from the upper class who is sentenced to prison after his wife falsely accuses him of assault and who arrives in the cell just as the escape is being planned. He is invited by his cellmates to join the escape; they fear that otherwise he will give them away. And then things begin to happen. I won't tell anymore, because I don't want to give the story away, but trust me, the film will grab your attention very quickly, and from then on you will be on the edge of your seat.
This film came at a turning point in French cinema. It opened in Paris on Friday, March 18, 1960, only two days after the opening of "Breathless," Jean-Luc Godard's great first feature film (in which Becker, idolized by the critics at the Cahiers de Cinema who became the core directors of the New Wave, even makes a brief cameo appearance). Like the early films of the French New Wave "Le Trou" made a major break with French films of the past. The sets are austere in the extreme, the actors were all unknown, and the film was about people down in their luck. The film is intense, exciting, full of human emotion, and with great dialogue. This is the first great French film noir. Becker might have become one of the pillars of the French New Wave.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best prison films ever Dec 26 2011
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
A unique prison escape film, full of very specific, realistic details
and devoid of almost any prison movie clichés. The characters all prove
more complex then we assume at first glance. Perhaps that's because
it's based on a true story.

In fact the cast are all non-pros, and one was actually involved in the
real escape plan.

I was lukewarm while I watched the body of the film, but by the end it
had an emotional and intellectual effect far more powerful than I
expected. There were a couple of illogical moments that made me wonder
if the real story was being followed honestly. But, ultimately that
didn't really matter. Whatever the blend of truth and fiction this is a
tense, powerful, entertaining film, one of the better prison films ever
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5.0 out of 5 stars YOU MUST WATCH THIS FILM! Feb. 11 2005
By Isfahan
From first to last, this is a magnificent film. Its sense of immediacy is palpable, and the outcome is anything but assured: a real nail biter if ever there was one. Not suited to the generation weaned on television: there is no flash and dazzle, no love interest, and no score. What there is, however, is a magnificent display of unity in the face of adversity by men (Who wouldn't follow Roland through the fires of Hell, eh?) with `nothing to lose'. One of Criterion's less expensive DVDs, and a must have addition to anyone's collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Jan. 30 2005
By Isfahan
From first to last, a magnificnet way to spend ones time. Roland is my hero, despite his missing fingers! One of Criterion's less expensive DVDs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Believe the glowing reviews here May 30 2002
By KSMoody
I thought I had seen (or been aware of) every great film made. Then I saw THE HOLE.
If you love WAGES OF FEAR, you'll love LE TROU.
Comparing this masterpiece to other escape movies like THE GREAT ESCAPE (yes, Bresson's is an exception) is like comparing TAXI DRIVER to MANIAC COP 3 (Maltin,...).
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