Max et les Ferrailleurs (1971, FRA/ITA) C-106m. *** D: Claude Sautet. Starring Michel Piccoli, Romy Schneider, Bernard Fresson, Georges Wilson, Michel Creton, Philippe Léotard, Dominique Zardi. Acclaimed crime drama about frustrated police detective Piccoli, who plots to catch criminals by setting up a robbery for them. He befriends one of the gang's hangers-on, prostitute Schneider, and drops hints pretending to be a banker. Dialogue-driven character drama - a specialty of Sautet - cold but interesting to watch and well-acted. This film meant Schneider's international breakthrough. Good score by Philippe Sarde. Based on the novel by Claude Néron. English titles: MAX AND THE JUNKMEN.


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