Jean-Pierre Melville: Master of French Noir
Screening Dates
  • August 7, 2019 8:30
  • August 9, 2019 6:30
  • August 11, 2019 4:00
New Restoration

Melville’s affection for American gangster movies may have never been as engagingly and wittily demonstrated.”

Vincent Canby, New York Times

Something like the cinematic Birth of the Cool” (J. Hoberman, Village Voice), Jean-Pierre Melville’s legendary French gangster film was a major influence on the incoming movie makers who would create the French New Wave. A pulpy paean to night-time Paris, shot around the mean streets and smoky nightclubs of Place Pigalle, this atmospheric work stars aging Roger Duchesne as the silver-haired, trench-coated title character, a world-weary career gambler who resolves to end a long streak of bad luck by masterminding the heist of a lifetime. Melville adds more than a little comedy into his otherwise deadpan, bittersweet mix. The film is shot in gorgeous B&W by Henri Decaë, who became one of the key cameramen of the nouvelle vague.