Claude Sautet (1924-2000) is one of my favourite directors with films
as Les choses de la vie (1970), Un Mauvais fils (with the great Patrick
Dewaere in 1980 and with the cool swedish title "Rötägget")
and Un Coeur en hiver (1991) but i haven't seen this early one until
This was his 2nd feature film as a director, but seen as his real debut
by most and in this year 1960 he also co-scripted and was assistant
director on Georges Franju's horror masterpiece Les Yeux sans visage.
Now, to be totally honest i've to admit that i never
really liked La Nouvelle vague - The French New Wave of the late 1950's
that much .... arty farty, self-conscious and pretentious .... hey,
look how cool we are, young and rebellious, we're so hip.
I much prefer the director's that just continued making their films
their own way without any concerns about dogmatic rules, like Jean-Pierre
Melville, Robert Hossein or Claude Sautet. The last days i've seen 3
french crime movies in a row - Rififi, Classe tous risques and a Melville
film and they're so much better than the drivel in the genre that's
Claude Sautet and Jean-Pierre Melville are probably my favourite French
directors, but i suspect that the former, Sautet, isn't that well known
compared to the Nouvelle Vague directors. Unjust, and this hard-boiled
and gritty gangster movie deserves it's accolades.
It's a story about a violent man, a gangster and murderer on the run,
but also about a father of 2 children and Lino Ventura gives
a Tour de
Force performance as Abel Davos ably supported by a young Jean-Paul
Belmondo as his only remaining ally.
Classes tous risques is surprisingly fast-paced and violent for it's
time and surely one of the best Gangster On The Run films ever made.
The film starts off in Milano when Abel Davos and his
buddy Raymond (Stan Krol) robs 2 bank couriers out on the street and
then takes off
at full speed (both the film and our protagonists). A wild police chase
ensues when Abel and Raymond heads for France, and a lot of people
are getting killed in the process. But, with his wife and buddy killed
Abel finally reaches Nice with his 2 small sons and he contacts his
for getting help to reach Paris. But, with Abel being the most hunted
man in France they won't take the risk themselves, and instead they
a young man, unknown by the police, to fetch Abel and the kids in Nice,
Eric Stark (a non-stop smoking Jean-Paul Belmondo).
In Paris Abel needs money and robs a fence which results in gangster
war and mayhem.
The Blu-ray film is presented in original 1.66:1 ratio,
black & white, with a PCM french audio with english subtitles. Region
B and DVD region 2
Extras: Monsieur Ventura - Documentary (35 minutes in french with english
subs), trailer, US trailer and a Booklet with text