Mise à Sac unbagged


Midnight Raid

Mise à Sac (AKA Pillaged, AKA Midnight Raid) is the one and only movie based on The Score, the one and only movie based on a Parker novel I haven’t seen, and, without question even though I haven’t seen it, the best French film based on a Parker novel.

I’ve put countless hours into hunting for it for well over a decade. In all of my years of running this place, I have corresponded with just one guy who’s seen this movie; a Frenchman, who saw it on French television when he was younger. That’s all I had up until now.

And suddenly, I can see it!

Well, no, I can’t, but you can, if you happen to live in or around New York City. It will be playing at the Museum of Modern Art on November 10th and 11th, as part of a retrospective on director Alain Cavalier.

There isn’t a lot of information out there, but it looks like this is a restoration by la Cinémathèque française.

Does this mean the movie is finally coming to home video? Maybe, but who knows? Last I heard (from the Frenchman) it was stuck in a rights battle. Maybe that’s resolved, maybe not. I’ll keep my eyes and ears open for news. As always, tips are welcome.

I’ve considered being crazy enough to fly to New York for the screening, but I have limited vacation time and a wedding coming up. Burning precious PTO and money to fly to New York to see a movie might result in that wedding not coming up, so that is probably off the table, but maybe I’ll find an angle where I can work it.

If you are in the New York area and would like to become a special correspondent for VWOP and report on the showing and review the film, contact me. We would love to have someone on the ground so we can say, “Our microphones are there!”