Max and the Junkmen ("Max et les ferrailleurs")
Claude Sautet’s 1971 crime drama Max and the Junkmen ("Max et les ferrailleurs") never hit American theaters, but fans have a chance to see it now: A 35mm restored print is being screened as part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Revival film series. The story follows Max (Michel Piccoli), a wealthy Paris detective who’s passionately devoted to stopping crime. Having lost his faith in the justice system after seeing a guilty criminal go free in court, Max contrives a convoluted plan to entrap a gang of local scrap thieves. While undercover, he convinces them to rob a small bank. All the while he’s planning to foil the crime and hand them over to the police, becoming a hero. Things get complicated when he falls for Lily (Romy Schneider), a young German prostitute who happens to be the gangleader’s girlfriend. Max and the Junkmen is a gripping film that spends long, wonderful moments building up its players before unleashing them on the ill-fated heist with shocking consequences. Piccoli plays Max with crazy urgency, and his performance is bolstered by Schneider’s angelic performance.
7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. Sunday. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit mfah.org. $9.
Fri., Dec. 20, 7 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 21, 7 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 22, 5 p.m., 2013
Get the Things to Do Newsletter
Sign up for our weekly guide to events in Houston, and never be bored again. With suggestions for every day of the week, our recommendations will keep you busy on any budget.