ARMY OF SHADOWS
L’ARMEE DES OMBRES
1969, Rialto Pictures, 145 min, France/Italy, Dir: Jean-Pierre Melville

Arguably director Jean-Pierre Melville's most personal film (he fought in the French underground during World War II), this shattering portrait of the early days of the French Resistance is not so much a crime film as it is a fascinating companion to the director’s more famous thrillers. The dark, fatalistic tone and the themes are all there from Melville’s noirs: betrayal, the loss of honor and the mechanics of brutality. Legendary tough guy Lino Ventura stars in what Melville called “a nostalgic pilgrimage back to a certain period which profoundly marked my generation.” With Simone Signoret and Paul Meurisse.


UN FLIC
DIRTY MONEY aka A COP
1971, Rialto Pictures, 98 min, France/Italy, Dir: Jean-Pierre Melville

Catherine Deneuve is at her ravishing best as a mistress caught between two opposing lovers - Alain Delon as a moody vice cop and Richard Crenna as a methodical crook. Melville’s last film, UN FLIC is a hypnotic summation of the director’s world: seedy clubs, rain-slicked streets and one more heist to pull…


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