I have been wanting to see this for some time, but in Japan DVDs only come out with subtitles in the original language and Japanese only, so no English subtitles for this French film. Here in New Zealand though there are subtitles in several languages, so I was finally able to watch this.
This film has influenced both directors and actors since this was released in 1960, and it is best to read about the background story on Wikipedia.
Most of the film was improvised, which is quite evident, and it was also shot on the streets of Paris without permission, which is quite evident too with some passersby looking at the camera or actors a bit puzzled.
From Wikipedia: For certain street scenes Coutard would hide in a postal cart with a hole in it for the lens and stamped packages piled on top of him.
The story is quite simple, but it is the dialogue that mostly makes this film, along with the two lead actors. It was nothing flash, but it was good to watch.
The ending in this is supposed to be iconic, although I had never heard of it, but it is deserving of that title.
Worth a watch just because of it’s importance in film history.
Date watched: March 20th
Film count 2017: 50