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The Crook: Film Review

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The Crook (Le Voyou) Released: November 20th, 1970 Written By: Claude Lelouch, Claude Pinoteau, & Pierre Uytterhoeven Directed By: Claude Lelouch Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Christine Lelouch, Charles Gerald, Charles Denner Runtime: 2 hours Genre: Crime, thriller, caper A contemporary of the Nouvelle Vague directors but never really one of them, Claude Lelouch continues to plug away at the age of 80, releasing a film annually to the indifference of French critics. In the States, his legacy will likely be the derisive laughter of high school French classes forced to sit through A Man and a Woman, but there are some genuinely interesting titles in his filmography. Similar to Truffaut, what comes through Lelouch’s work is a love of cinema, and The Crook is his film that most effectively conveys this exuberance. Jean-Louis Trintignant stars as “Simon the Swiss,” a notorious Parisian thief on the run after escaping from prison. Hiding…

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