LE DOULOS (1962)


Confusion and wrong assumptions are the cause of tragedy in this stylish gangster noir by director Jean-Pierre Melville. Burglar Maurice Faugel has just finished his sentence. He murders Gilbert Vanovre, a receiver, and steals the loot of a break-in. He is also preparing a house-breaking, and his friend Silien brings him the needed equipment. But Silien is a police informer ..French director Jean-Pierre Melville, who died in 1973, has become something of a posthumous art-house sensation in the U.S. over the past decade off the new-print revivals of his film-noir classics, “Bob Le Flambeur” (1956), “Le Samurai” (1967), “Army of Shadows” (1969) and “Le Cercle Rouge” (1970). The return of the 1962 gangster classic “Les Doulos” should continue that streak. The movie is a tough, stylish, deliciously complex labyrinth of underworld double-crosses that, like most of the other Melville noirs, ultimately celebrates honor among thieves. I love this one.  see it now On neflix.

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