Quand tu liras cette lettre

(When You Read This Letter)

Imported Print


Juliette Gréco, Philippe Lemaire, Yvonne Sanson, Irene Galter,

A work-for-hire that Melville took on to fund construction of his future studio, this international coproduction still offers many insights into the director’s approach. Louche, virile, immoral, and poor, a preening stud on the French Riviera sets his sights on both an older wealthy woman and a young, naïve teen. Soon a rape sends the girl’s sister (a riveting Juliette Gréco), a nun, out of the convent and onto a collision course for vengeance—and passion. Lurid in its obsessions and often distasteful in its action, this melodramatic potboiler is ironically Melville’s noir-est work, with exquisite deep-focus cinematography and a deadly homme fatal.

Jason Sanders
  • Jacques Deval
  • Henri Alekan
  • French
  • with English electronic titles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 104 mins
  • Gaumont
  • Rialto Pictures

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Jean-Pierre Melville in context (program note), Chris Peachment

French cinema since 1946, volume 2 -- excerpt (book excerpt), Roy Armes

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