Le Voyou, also known as The Crook, is a highly stylized French action film which follows Simon the Swiss during his largest heist. Directed by Claude Lelouch in 1970, and starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, the movie makes use of several cinematic techniques to convey the elusive nature of the title character, including a circular narrative, dialogue littered with conflicting statements, flashbacks, musical montage, multiple styles of film editing, misaligned sound editing, and a movie within the movie.

Le Voyou
Directed byClaude Lelouch
Produced byGeorges Dancigers
Alexandre Mnouchkine
Written byClaude Lelouch
Claude Pinoteau
Pierre Uytterhoeven
StarringJean-Louis Trintignant
Danièle Delorme
Music byFrancis Lai
CinematographyClaude Lelouch
Edited byMarie-Claude Lacambre
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • 20 November 1970 (1970-11-20)
Running time
120 minutes
  • France
  • Italy

The film won the David di Donatello for Best Foreign Direction in 1971.


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