If you’re going to this, lucky you! Here’s what the library says about it:
“PHCL Film Club presents
Our first French film
The 1960s cult classic gangster film
Les Tontons Flingueurs
(“Monsieur Gangster” or “Crooks in Clover”)
Introduction by our very own French film expert, Jean-Christophe Slowik, JC from L’Absinthe
The Introduction is at 7.45pm, with the film at 8.00pm, at Primrose Hill Community Library. Doors open at 7.30pm.
Starring Lino Ventura, Bernard Blier, Francis Blanche
Director Georges Lautner
Screenplay Georges Lautner, Albert Simonin and Michel Audiard
France 1963 105 minutes
“The subversive humour and razor-sharp dialogue of the crime comedies Georges Lautner directed in the 1960s was often lost in translation, but in his native France they enjoyed a popularity comparable to the Ealing comedies in Britain. Les Tontons Flingueurs (known as Crooks In Clover or Monsieur Gangster,1963) outshone them all and grew from attracting half a million Parisian cinema-goers in its first six months into a cross-generational cult movie. It has become a cornerstone of French popular culture, spawning books and references galore on websites and in everyday parlance.
Adapted by Lautner, Michel Audiard and Albert Simonin from his own thriller Grisbi Or Not Grisbi – a Shakespearean pun on one of the many French slang words for money – Les Tontons Flingueurs transcended its standard plot of a “retired” hoodlum coming to the aid of a dying former accomplice and fighting off various factions to reach a level of surrealism and irreverence unusual for the genre at the time. Lautner’s trademark technique of close-ups and tight edits, combined with Audiard’s riff-fuelled, ratatatat dialogue, gave his films a manic quality and frantic energy that influenced directors like Quentin Tarantino.”
However, I’m sorry to say that the Library also says ‘SOLD OUT’, so if you didn’t get a ticket this time, better be faster out of the traps next time.
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