THE SICILIAN CLAN
LE CLAN DES SICILIENS
1969, 20th Century Fox, 118 min, France/Italy, Dir: Henri Verneuil

Expatriate Sicilian mobster Jean Gabin and his family shelter homicidal, lone-wolf jewel thief Alain Delon after his daring escape from a prison van. Delon proposes a multimillion-dollar jewel heist to Gabin that is fraught with danger, but the semi-retired patriarch signs on when he decides it will allow him to retire to Sicily all the faster. But no one counts on dogged police inspector Lino Ventura (CLASSE TOUS RISQUES, SECOND BREATH) on Delon’s trail. Ventura is extra-surly from trying to kick cigarettes and channels all his frustrations into nabbing Delon and his accomplices. Ennio Morricone provides another memorable score.


SYMPHONY FOR A MASSACRE
SYMPHONIE POUR UN MASSACRE
1963, Pathe, 115 min, France/Italy, Dir: Jacques Deray

Jacques Deray’s masterful heist noir is a brilliantly choreographed tale of greed and betrayal, with familiar faces (Charles Vanel, Michel Auclair, Michele Mercier) in various stages of intrigue. Deray handles the action with metronomic precision, beautifully accented by a magnificent score from Michel Magne. Pathé’s 4K restoration is flawless in its rendering of Deray’s masterful design, revealing the crisp, astringent camerawork of Claude Renoir (son of Jean). Come see the brilliant beginnings of one of France’s finest directors of the past half-century!


LE DEUXIEME SOUFFLE
SECOND BREATH
1966, Janus Films, 150 min, France, Dir: Jean-Pierre Melville

This riveting crime drama based on the novel by José Giovanni tells the story of a middle-aged hood (Lino Ventura) who breaks out of jail and organizes a new gang, determined to prove he still has the juice. Melville’s brutal, crackling noir contrasts Ventura’s “old-world craftsmanship” against the younger generation of Nouvelle Vague crooks. According to critic Tom Milne, the film “established Melville’s reputation as a brilliant refurbisher of the immemorial imagery of the genre - gleaming night streets, gunmen prowling in deserted stairways.”


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