Jacques Becker’s masterpiece Le Trou a.k.a. The Hole is one of cinema’s greatest prison films. Becker retells this real-life story with uncompromising realism, forcing us to share in the protagonists’ physical and mental anguish.
Le Trou’s gritty edge is further accentuated by Becker’s decision to use non-professional actors. Such is the conviction that the actors bring to their performances that Becker makes us see beyond our pre-conceptions and to judge his characters according to their moral strength rather than the labels pinned on them by society.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this trailer:
Title: Le Trou
Direction: Jacques Becker
Screenplay: Jacques Becker, José Giovanni, Jean Aurel
Cinematography: Ghislain Cloquet
Editing: Marguerite Renoir, Geneviève Vaury
Score: Philippe Arthuys
Stars: Michel Constantin, Jean Keraudy, Philippe Leroy, Raymond Meunier, Marc Michel, Jean-Paul Coquelin, André Bervil, Eddy Rasimi
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