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1001 Club - Hole, The (1959)
#370. The Hole (1959)
Why It's In The Book: "The last film by the great and too-little known director Jacques Becker, The Hole is based on the novel by José Giovanni... Becker wrote the script with Giovanni and cast the film with nonprofessional actors, one of whom, Jean Keraudy, played the same role in real life that he plays in the film. Becker's use of nonprofessional's is one of several elements that heighten this extraordinary film's sense of absolute authenticity. Also crucial to our experience of The Hole is Becker's control of film time... By making us share a collective duration with the heroes, Becker involves us more intensely in their collective struggle...
Inevitably, The Hole has been compared with Robert Bresson's A Man Escaped (1956) and Jean Renoir's The Grand Illusion (1937), but Becker is less concerned than Bresson with transcendence or Renoir's critique of social differences...
Becker was in ill health throughout the production and editing of the film, and died leaving the sound mixing unfinished. The Hole was completed according to the directors wishes... [and], as it stands The Hole is still a masterpiece." -1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
marie_dressler - 9/10
"There is no music and long periods without much dialog but I sat there rapt."
Siochembio - 9/10
"Le Trou is all about precision and ingenuity. We watch with almost fetishistic attention to detail as tools are constructed from simple materials."
Adolytsi - 8/10
"I didn't look at the clock until well over an hour had gone by, and even then it wasn't because I'd grown bored; I was just curious how much time had passed of me watching these guys toil night after night in their attempt to get free."
Michaël Parent - 8/10
"Le Trou, is an excellent suspense film that however reminded of Grand Illusion, Becker was assistant director for Jean Renoir, and Robert Bresson’s A Man Escaped."
Nicolas Krizan - 8/10
"prison life depicted as surprisingly polite and humane"
Squish - 8/10
"The often wordless way by which these five men work, and the cinematic focus that Jacques Becker places on that process, does an excellent job of putting us there - where the action is, in our face."
Kimberly Wilson - 7.5/10
"Le Trou is now regarded by many critics to be one of the best French films ever made. I don’t know if I can venture that far in my appreciation, but I still find it to be a gritty, realistic depiction of what it takes to escape from prison."
Lindsey - 7/10
"The realism of the film was impressive."
Movie Guy Steve - 6/10
"I just can’t be arsed to care about this prison break at all."