Army of Shadows
Bob le flambeur
Léon Morin, Priest
Le cercle rouge
Alain Delon, Catherine Deneuve, and Richard Crenna star in Melville’s last feature, a consummate Sartre-by-way-of-Simenon heist film of remarkable set pieces and an even more remarkable sense of nihilism.
Alain Delon and Yves Montand in Melville’s “dazzling epic of love, guns, gangsters, and cigarettes” (Los Angeles Times).
Serge Reggiani suspects Jean-Paul Belmondo of being a stool pigeon in this Melvillean roundabout of ambiguity and betrayal.
A French journalist uncovers the death of a French diplomat in New York in Melville’s low-budget, semi-documentary noir.
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Two of the French New Wave’s most iconic actors, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Emmanuelle Riva, star as a cleric and a Communist drawn together through love. “A triumph of mood, setting, and innuendo” (Criterion Collection).
A sleazy loverboy on the Riviera meets his match in his young victim’s older sister—a nun (Juliette Gréco) just out of the convent—in this delirious combination of French fatalism, postwar despair, noir angles, and heated melodrama.
Aging gangster Lino Ventura escapes from jail but winds up being sucked into one last heist in Melville’s well-drilled policier.
Melville’s drama of the French Resistance, starring Lino Ventura and Simone Signoret, “grips tighter than a Gestapo handcuff. . . . A film of noirish compositions and fantastic cool” (The Independent).
“The cinematic Birth of the Cool, Melville’s drollest, most likable gangster movie. . . . Exceedingly light on its feet” (Village Voice).
Jean Cocteau collaborated with Melville on this poetic, moody adaptation of Cocteau’s novel about the obsessive love between a brother and sister. “One of French cinema’s greatest, and most surprising, meetings of the minds” (Criterion Collection).
Alain Delon embodies cool as a solitary, silent Parisian killer flitting between hits and flings in this essential, influential assassin film. “Achieves an atmosphere of mesmerizing, otherworldly beauty” (Slant).
A German officer in occupied France falls in love with his “host’s” niece in Melville’s spare debut. “A concentrated, sensitive, interior film” (David Thomson). With short 24 heures de la vie d’un clown.