Classe Tous Risques

Classe Tous Risques

Lino Ventura
Director: Claude Sautet Cast: Lino Ventura
Lino Ventura
, Jean-Paul Belmondo
Jean-Paul Belmondo
, Sandra Milo
Sandra Milo
Claude Sautet


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Claude Sautet rarely receives his due as one of the more interesting French filmmakers of his generation, especially outside his native France, and the Criterion Collection have stepped forward to make a case for his talents with this solid DVD release of his first feature film. Classe Tous Risques has been given a widescreen transfer to disc in its original aspect ratio of 1.66:1, letterboxed on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16x9 monitors. The source materials look fine, and the transfer is clean, crisp and captures the details of Ghislain Cloquet's photography. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, and it sounds as good as can be expected for a film of its vintage. The dialogue is in French, with optional English subtitles. As is their custom, Criterion have added a number of relevant bonus features for this release, including excerpts from Claude Sautet ou la Magie Invisible, a documentary on the director's career; an interview with Jose Giovanni, the former convict who wrote Classe Tout Risques' screenplay and the novel upon which it was based; clips from several interviews with star Lino Ventura in which he talks about his career and his craft; and trailers for both the French and American releases for the film. And the accompanying booklet features essays from filmmakers Jean-Pierre Melville and Bertrand Tavernier and biographer N.T. Bihn, as well as Sautet himself. Fans of French cinema looking for a crash course on this elusive talent will be well served with Criterion's release of Classe Tous Risques, and it's a typically well-executed effort from America's best video label.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/17/2008
UPC: 0715515030526
Original Release: 1960
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 3,241

Special Features

Excerpts from Claude Sautet ou la Magie Invisible, a 2003 documentary on the director by N. T. Binh and Dominique Rabourdin; Interview with Classe Tous Risques novelist and screenwriter José Giovanni; Archival interview footage featuring Lino Ventura discussing his career; Original French and U.S. theatrical trailers; New and improved English subtitle translation; Plus: A booklet featuring new essays by director Bertrand Tavernier and Binh, a reprinted interview with Sautet, and a 1962 tribute by Jean-Pierre Melville

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Classe Tous Risques
1. Good-Byes [5:06]
2. A Desperate Act [3:24]
3. On the Run [6:10]
4. A Change of Plans [5:39]
5. Home, Sweet Home [3:39]
6. Instructions [3:42]
7. "Riton of the Gates" [2:41]
8. "It's Not Our Job" [3:53]
9. In Hiding/Turned Out [4:55]
10. Stark [2:36]
11. "Fargier Sent Me" [4:43]
12. A Roadside Rescue [3:27]
13. Lying to Liliane [4:00]
14. A Close Call [2:48]
15. Confronting Friends [6:19]
16. Monsieur Chapuis [3:22]
17. Stark Helps Out [1:04]
18. Liliane Learns the Truth [2:10]
19. Abel Wants Out [3:48]
20. Advice and a Request [2:40]
21. A Final Job [4:24]
22. Preparations [5:01]
23. Stark's Shadow [3:16]
24. Monsieur Bacérès [2:46]
25. "Monsieur Jean" [3:13]
26. Fargier and the Cops [2:42]
27. A Narrow Escape/Hiding Out [3:12]
28. Calling It Quits [3:35]

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