Entertainment Weekly - 01/28/2005
"Becker evokes the world of apaches -- edgy nightlife, division of spoils -- meticulously, and the actors shun sentimentality."
USA Today - 01/21/2005
"With its painterly feel for the period, this lushly romantic period piece helped make Signoret an international star."
Sight and Sound - 12/01/2012
"His recreation of turn-of-the-century Paris is lovingly detailed and exact..."
Starring international sex symbol Simone Signoret, CASQUE D'OR is often considered director Jacques Becker's masterpiece. Becker was an assistant to the legendary Jean Renoir, and Renoir's influence on Becker is readily apparent in this poetic, impressionist film. Signoret plays Marie, the girlfriend of a minor gangster, who falls in love with a working man. Their love affair leads to a power struggle within the gang and speeds everyone inexorably towards tragedy. CASQUE D'OR features a diligent and careful production design that recreates Paris of the late 19th century, and was based on actual criminal cases from that era. Though dismissed on its initial release in 1952, aside from a BAFTA acting award for Signoret, the critical reputation of CASQUE D'OR grew in subsequent years and is now generally considered one of France's great artistic films.