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The Hole
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The-Hole-1960

The Hole

1960
Drama, Suspense/Thriller
2h 11m
Four convicts in a French prison share a single cell. As all are incarcerated for serious crimes, including, perhaps, execution, they decide to escape and have collected materials for the purpose. Before they can begin carrying out their carefully prepared plan, another inmate is moved to their cell... (imdb)
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93rd
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Comparisons to A Man Escaped are inevitable, but where Bresson is a spiritualist, Becker is an anthropologist. Le Trou's companion piece is Dassin's Rififi, a similarly exhaustive dwelling on the details of labor, behavior, and camaraderie. As a stylist, Becker is soft-spoken and nearly invisible; the tedious passages of time and stifling of small spaces speak for themselves. It's a meticulous and captivating tension.
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92nd
89
A very gripping prison escape flick, a genre I usually enjoy a lot, with a bit of social commentary thrown in. Really good, maintains the tension throughout. And what an ending!
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75th
84
Clang!, clang!, clang!, clang!, clang!, clang!, clang!, clang!, clang!, clang!, thump!, thump!, clang!, clang!, clang!, clang!, THUMP!, THUMP! clang!, clang!, clang!, thump! CLANG!
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99th
96
Might be the greatest prison film.
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96th
95
Fantastic! Becker's astute observation, impressive use of space, expertly framed shots, and dynamic use of sound make for a tense and dramatic prison break film that will draw inevitable comparisons to Bresson's magnificent A Man Escaped. Both Becker and Bresson interest themselves in the tangible details of the work, but while Bresson's film remains largely interior, Becker's works on a communal level, adding a layer of concern around the issue of trust that works well for a film like this.
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