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MPAA Rating - n/a

Length:
    98 Minutes

Genre:
    Drama

Original Release Date:
    Jan 18, 2005

Director
    Jacques Becker

Cast
    Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani, Claude Dauphin, Raymond Bussières, Paul Azäis

 
Movie Summary
The Paris demimonde of 1900 is the setting for Casque dOr. 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 Rolands 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 hes been set up as a dupe, he escapes from the police and kills Felix. Casque DOr 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 DOr 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, All Movie Guide


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