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Classe Tous Risques DVD+Blu-ray

aka Consider All Risks, Claude Sautet, 1960

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Film Details

Directed by Claude Sautet

Produced in 1960

Main Language - French with English subtitles

Countries & Regions - European Film, French Film

MovieMail's Review

Often ignored amidst showier contemporaries, this understated, wintry crime thriller starring Lino Ventura and a Jean-Paul Belmondo looks better with every passing year, writes Rick Burin.

Which movie character would you turn to in a crisis? As tempting as it might be to go for, say, Dumbledore, or Batman, I'm inclined to pick Jean-Paul Belmondo's Eric Stark in this Gallic crime classic: a noble, personable and resourceful small timer willing to stick his neck out, right out, for a total stranger.

That stranger is career criminal Abel Davos (Lino Ventura), a big-shot-turned-petty-thief who's left down, out and injured – with his two young kids on his hands – after a fateful encounter with some heavily-armed custom officials. Stark's job is to get him back to Paris and then out of sight, though Davos wants a few words with his former partners, who owed him a debt of honour, and didn't really deliver.

Director Sautet, branching out after years as an assistant director, called his style of filmmaking 'pure cinema': light on dialogue, strong on faces and physicality, this time vividly employing Ventura's past experience as a wrestler. "A big plus for Classe tous risques was his instinct for abrupt violence," recalled Sautet decades later. "It was great!" The film was also integral in defining one of the most important screen personas of the 1960s: the ugly-handsome Belmondo's image as a dapper, unflappable modern man with a singular code of ethics and a socially irresponsible way of making smoking look like a really good idea.

For all his stylishness, though, this understated, wintry masterpiece of gangster cinema, about a man in decline in a dirty, deadly business, is bleak, full of regret and stunningly filmed at authentically drab locations. Written, suitably enough, by ex-con José Giovanni, it remains both a massive achievement on its own terms and a model for a new breed of film, its DNA present in everything from Melville's mesmerising Le Doulos to Peter Yates' The Friends of Eddie Coyle. In an overt nod to Sautet's movie, Jean-Luc Godard even went so far as to name a whole film after one of its unseen characters, an underworld figure called Pierrot le Fou.

Often ignored amidst its showier contemporaries, Classe Tous Risques looks better – and greater – with every passing year.

Rick Burin on 21st January 2014
Author of 18 reviews

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Film Description

Highly rated by Jean-Pierre Melville, Robert Bresson and Bertrand Tavernier, and described as the greatest of all French gangster movies by the Guardian, Classe tous risques is an astonishing crime film that was the dazzling directorial debut of the influential Claude Sautet (1924-2000), better known for his later films Un Coeur en Hiver (1992) and Nelly et Monsieur Arnaud (1995)

The great Italian-born character actor Lino Ventura stars as a once-powerful Parisian gangster who has grown weary of his exile in Italy and longs to return home to his wife and two small children in Paris. In order to finance this ambition he decides to pull one last job, boldly executed in broad daylight on the streets of Milan. His getaway proves dangerous but when he enlists the help of his old partners-in-crime, they are reluctant to risk their own safety and instead send a complete stranger - the fresh-faced Eric Stark (Jean-Paul Belmondo) - to escort their former comrade to Paris.

DVD+Blu-ray Details

Certificate: 12

Publisher: BFI

Length: 108 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.66:1

Format: DVD+Blu-ray B&W

Region: 2

Released: 19th February 2014

Cat No: BFIB1185

DVD+Blu-ray Extras

  • 2 discs
  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Brand new restoration
  • Monsieur Ventura (Doug Headline, 1996/2014): documentary on the life and career of Lino Ventura
  • Original French and US trailers
  • Illustrated booklet with newly commissioned essay by the Guardian’s John Patterson.

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by Barry Forshaw on 11th February 2014

Available on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time ever in the UK is Claude Sautet’s Classe Tous Risques / Consider All Risks (1960), with Lino Ventura, Sandra Milo and J... Read on

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