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Film Programs
Jacques Becker: Poet of the Commonplace
Le Trou

September 23 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

In Becker’s final film — with amateur actors and a documentary-like realism — four jaded convicts prepare for a breakout. When a fifth inmate arrives to share the cell, the coconspirators bring the newcomer into their plot. Based on an autobiographical novel by ex-Nazi collaborationist José Giovanni, Le Trou’s focused austerity is reminiscent of Robert Bresson’s Un condamné a mort s’est échappé. “How many pages would be necessary to catalogue all the marvels of this masterpiece, of this film which I consider . . . the greatest French film ever made” — Jean-Pierre Melville. (1960, subtitles, 132 minutes)

Film programs

The National Gallery of Art’s film program provides many opportunities throughout the year to view classic and contemporary cinema from around the world.

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