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Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville

Starring Lino Ventura

(1966) En route to the border after a successful prison break, Lino Ventura (Army of Shadows) takes time for an electrifying highway robbery, but then finds, after ruthless cop Paul Meurisse has turned him into an unwitting informer, that reputation is worth more than life. 35mm print courtesy Insitut Français. Approx. 144 min.


 “Melville’s most elaborate and intricately plotted film noir, a labyrinthine exploration of loyalties and betrayals in the French underworld. The steely location photography gives the action a veneer of realism, but the film’s real energies are subterranean, and suffused with Melville’s typical poetry: the bizarre interdependence of cop and criminal here is seen with the same eyes as the passionate love/hate of the brother and sister in Les Enfants Terribles.” 
– Tony Rayns, Time Out

“Melville specialized in severely stylized versions of American gangster films, bringing out their unspoken existentialism through a camera style that sometimes evokes the minimalist purity of Bresson, sometimes the seamless studio realism of William Wyler.”
– Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader


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