Le doulos

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5X-ICON-015X Jean-Pierre Melville: Dangerously Cool

Le doulos

  • 1963
  • Directed By: Jean-Pierre Melville
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Crime, Thriller
  • 108 Minutes
  1. Thursday, November 2, 2017 6:30 p.m.
Still image from the film Le Doulos
 

With survival being their only guiding principle, Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le doulos exposes the brutal and subtle underworld of his enigmatic, backstabbing criminals. Maurice (Serge Reggiani) is fresh out of prison and looking to pay a debt with an easy heist. However, nothing is easy and when the cops thwart the gangster's plans, he suspects Silien (Jean-Paul Belmondo) for a ‘doulos’—a stoolpigeon. Masterfully stylized dialogue and dangerously cool characters create what Andrew O’Hehir of Salon calls “A slippery, gripping cops-and-robbers thriller, full of twists and turns and ending with a tragicomic shootout you'll never forget!” In French with English subtitles. (35mm Presentation)