MELODIE EN SOUS-SOL (1963)
A film by Henri Verneuil
Cast: Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Claude Cerval
English Title: Any number can win.
Charles (Jean Gabin), a sixtyish career criminal fresh out of jail, rejects his wife’s plan for a quiet life of bourgeois respectability. He draft a former cellmate, Francis (Alain Delon), to assist him in pulling off one final score, a carefully planned hit on the vault of a Cannes casino. Bad luck and Francis’s lack of professionalism set the caper to hell, and the stolen cash resurfaces in an unexpected manner. he entire heist sequence lasts 26 and half minutes, and has very little dialogue. Quentin Tarantino loves French gangster film and so do I. I stubble on this film at the library in Paris watch it and decided to buy it last year around Christmas they had some good deal at la Fnac. I since then watch it again and I can’t get enough. Henry Verneuil has rewrote the story of the film Ocean’s 11 (1960) . And it turn out to be a cool film. This heist film is pack with emotions, romance, and a great heist sequence. Of course there are the dialogue of Michel Audiart the genius himself every time they say there is dialogue from Audiart I have to see the movie I know it is going to be some cool dialogue and some one liner jokes. The music is the is cool jazz 50’s, 60’s score that is out of this world. I do love heist film is the matter of fact as Roger Ebert said my favorite genre of film is a heist movie. Jean Gabin and Alain Delon give a splendid performance. A delicious climax of a film, a must see.