LE DOULOS
THE FINGERMAN
1962, Rialto Pictures, 108 min, France/Italy, Dir: Jean-Pierre Melville

Director Jean-Pierre Melville met actor Jean-Paul Belmondo during Melville's brief cameo in Godard’s BREATHLESS - here, he gives Belmondo one of his best roles, that of a two-faced informer caught between the police and his “old pal,” played by doom-faced Serge Reggiani. “It was only when LE DOULOS was finished and Belmondo saw himself on the screen that he realized, with great astonishment, ‘Christ! The stoolie is me!’” - Melville.


LOLA (1961)
1961, Janus Films, 90 min, France, Dir: Jacques Demy

Jacques Demy’s feature debut was described by its director as a “musical without music,” though “a love story without love” may be just as appropriate. Roland (Marc Michel, who would later play the same role in Demy’s THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG) is smitten with his former girlfriend, Dietrich-esque cabaret dancer Lola (Anouk Aimée), but she pines for the lover who abandoned her years earlier. French New Wave mainstays Raoul Coutard and Michel Legrand provide the cinematography and score, respectively. In French and English with English subtitles.


LE PETIT SOLDAT
THE LITTLE SOLDIER
1963, Rialto Pictures, 88 min, France, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

For its unblinking look at torture in the Algerian War, director Jean-Luc Godard’s follow-up to BREATHLESS was banned by the French government for three years. A French intelligence agent (Michel Subor) is sent to assassinate a leader of the National Liberation Front of Algeria; on the way, he falls for a young woman (Anna Karina, in her feature debut), whose ties to the resistance prove her undoing. In French with English subtitles.


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