Le Trou

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Director Jacques Becker's Le Trou is an uncompromising, suspenseful, and brutally stark chronicle of five men who plan an escape from a Paris prison. The film -- which was based on an actual case -- is notable for its detailed appraisal of the prisoners' escape attempt (the film was supervised by three of the paroled inmates), as well as the use of non-actors in the major roles. One of the "actors" (Jean Keraudy) was a participant in the actual plot and many of the scenes were filmed at the La Sante Prison. The ...
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Director Jacques Becker's Le Trou is an uncompromising, suspenseful, and brutally stark chronicle of five men who plan an escape from a Paris prison. The film -- which was based on an actual case -- is notable for its detailed appraisal of the prisoners' escape attempt (the film was supervised by three of the paroled inmates), as well as the use of non-actors in the major roles. One of the "actors" (Jean Keraudy) was a participant in the actual plot and many of the scenes were filmed at the La Sante Prison. The film is arguably the director's most fully realized and greatest production. Sadly, Becker died two weeks after completion of the film. The Criterion Collection's DVD unfortunately does not contain any extras, but the film itself more than warrants the disc's excellence. The black-and-white digital transfer is impeccable. The picture is always sharp and clean of artifacts, and with the exception of a few scenes (i.e. some of the scenes in the cellar tunnels) where the blacks look more grey than they should, the picture always looks crisp and perfectly balanced. The French-language mono soundtrack is also fine, with very little noise or crackling. The disc has also been given a brand-new English subtitle translation. Included with the disc is a reprint of excerpts from the original 1964 U.S. pressbook, as well as a very good essay on the film and Becker by Chris Fujiwara. Le Trou is letterboxed at 1.66:1 and is enhanced for widescreen televisions. A must-see for all connoisseurs of classic foreign film.
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Special Features

New digital transfer, enhanced for 16x9 televisions; New and improved English subtitles translation; Reprinted excerpts from the 1964 U.S. pressbook; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2001
  • UPC: 037429156223
  • Original Release: 1960
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:11:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michel Constantin Geo Cassid
Jean Keraudy Roland Darban
Philippe Leroy-Beaulieu Manu Borelli
Raymond Meunier Monsignore
Marc Michel Claude Gaspard
André Bervil Warden
Catherine Spaak Nicole
Technical Credits
Jacques Becker Director, Screenwriter
Philippe Arthuys Special Effects
Jean Aurel Screenwriter
Georges Charlot Producer
Ghislain Cloquet Cinematographer
José Giovanni Screenwriter
Rino Mondellini Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Marguerite Renoir Editor
Genevieve Vaury Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Introducing [1:04]
2. Scolding [2:49]
3. Meeting [9:59]
4. Receiving [2:58]
5. Divulging [6:18]
6. Remembering [2:00]
7. Checking [6:09]
8. Excavating [12:52]
9. Exploring [22:20]
10. Timing [3:16]
11. Plumbing [13:37]
12. Studying [7:51]
13. Visiting [6:02]
14. Searching [5:41]
15. Finishing [2:12]
16. Summoning [6:17]
17. Suspecting [5:29]
18. Ending [5:46]
19. Bars [8:47]
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