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MAX AND THE JUNKMEN [Max et les ferrailleurs]

Never before released in U.S. theatres, Claude Sautet’s elegant and sophisticated crime drama stars the great Michel Piccoli as Max, a Paris detective hell-bent on justice at any cost after watching one too many wily criminals slip through his fingers. Following a chance encounter with Abel (Bernard Fresson), an army buddy now working as a scrap collector (most of whose “scrap” just happens to be stolen), Max decides to lure Abel and his gang into committing a bank robbery…so that he can then catch them red-handed. So Max poses as a wealthy banker and begins a series of illicit rendezvous with the high-class prostitute Lily (Romy Schneider), who happens to be Abel’s girlfriend, carefully dropping hints about a bank that’s just waiting to be knocked over. But there’s one thing the cold-hearted Max doesn’t factor into his diabolical scheme: the possibility of falling in love. (Note courtesy Film Society of Lincoln Center.)
DIR/SCR Claude Sautet; SCR Jean-Loup Dabadie, Claude Néron, from his novel; PROD Raymond Danon, Roland Girard. France/Italy, 1971, color, 112 min, 35mm. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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Claude Sautet
112 Minutes
Crime drama


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