Le Doulos

  • 1962
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime, Thriller

Like so many of Jean-Pierre Melville's films, LE DOULOS -- retitled "The Fingerman" for US release -- pays homage to the American gangster genre. Here, Melville takes a romantic look at wet pavements, overcoats with up-turned collars, tough guys and sexy dames, danger that lies in dark shadows, and that most hated figure in all film noir--the stool pigeon....read more

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Like so many of Jean-Pierre Melville's films, LE DOULOS -- retitled "The Fingerman" for US release -- pays homage to the American gangster genre. Here, Melville takes a romantic look at wet pavements, overcoats with up-turned collars, tough guys and sexy dames, danger that lies in dark shadows, and that most hated figure in all film noir--the stool pigeon. Silien (Jean-Paul Belmondo) is a Bogartesque burglar who keeps his contacts in the criminal underworld while maintaining a friendship with police inspector Salignari (Daniel Crohem). Because Silien regularly offers tips to the police, he is allowed to operate without much restriction. When his closest friend, the cat burglar, Maurice (Serge Reggiani), guns down Salignari, Silien is forced to play both ends against the middle. In the meantime, the vengeful Maurice, thinking Silien has informed on him, sends a hit man after the burglar. Like his one-time collaborator Jean Cocteau (LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES), Melville is a mythmaker. His characters are archetypes of the cinema, specifically American cinema, though his outlook is unmistakably French, tinged with romanticism. A beautifully directed, photographed, and acted gangster film, it is the equal of many Hollywood-produced entries in the genre. Future directors, Volker Schlondorff and Bertrand Tavernier, served as assistant director and publicity director, respectively. (In French, with English subtitles.)

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  • Review: Like so many of Jean-Pierre Melville's films, LE DOULOS -- retitled "The Fingerman" for US release -- pays homage to the American gangster genre. Here, Melville takes a romantic look at wet pavements, overcoats with up-turned collars, tough guys and sexy d… (more)

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