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LES GRANGES BRÛLÉES (1973)

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A film by Jean Chapot

Cast: Simone Signoret, Alain Delon, Paul Crauchet

English: The burned barns. 

A crime was committed in an isolated corner of Haut- Doubs in the winter. The investigating judge suspects one of the members of a family living in a large farm nearby. The head of the family, Rose, an energetic woman, stands up to him.

A woman is dead by her car in the middle of the winter in this little town. Alain Delon plays the investigating judge, Le juge Pierre Larcher, and starts to question the middle-aged married couple Rose and Pierre (Simone Signoret and Paul Crauchet) at the farm. You will see how the investigation will develop and how the judge in 5 steps head of everybody. He is putting the pressure on, he has one press dude who is breathing down his neck. Meanwhile Larcher is putting pressure on this one woman played by Signoret who keeps it together but finds out some stuff about her son.

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What I love about this film it was actually filmed in the winter when it was snowing no fake snow here. The two stars did an outstanding job here. The chemistry between Delon and Signoret is burning the screen. I have not seen this film ever and I was not disappointed. Of course there were the 70’s music back them in film it was the coolest thing. I just finish seeing this one. There is an other film were the two stars were in, I am taping it on my hard drive as we speak.

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LE BATTANT (1983)

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A film by Alain Delon

Cast: Alain Delon, Anne Parillaud, François Périer

Alain Delon here directed this stylish crime Neo-Noir film even adapted the novel plus produced it. Keep in mind it is a slow crime story/thriller that works here. From the wonderful novel byAndré Caroff.

A man is closing his bar 3 other men enters the owner says we are closed. The man says “I just want a beer” the bartender complies. The man ask him a question “where are the diamond? you know Jacques you worked for him where are they?” The bartender gets a beating and escape an other man gets out pull a gun and shoot, he then knots to his boss. Jacques Darnay is getting out of prison. He only knows where he hide the diamonds and when he gets out he has the cops plus the gang who want the diamonds. He return to his old girlfriends after being in jail for 8 years. He finds out that his old friends is in trouble and soon after that things get to deteriorate. Will Jacques get the diamonds and disappear.

Here is a slow paced stylish thriller/Neo-Noir film like I said here is a thief who just got out of jail and as soon as he does he is trying to figure out how to get the diamonds so he get get out of the country, but the cops are on his tale so is a bunch of rival criminals. The film moves along just fine a bit long to me. The acting is great are was expecting it with such star like Delon Anne Parillaud which I love and François Périer an all star cast in this one. Terrific adaptation from the novel by Delon here. I revised it 2 days ago it is the second time that i am seeing it and it goes the distance.

Le battant (1983)

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LES AVENTURIERS (1967)

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A film by Robert Enrico

Cast: Alain Delon, Lino Ventura, Joanna Shimkus

Here is a beautiful film of friendship and adventure between three characters. One who has the passion of flying planes, the other for drag racing, and the last one that passion of art and it has a surprise at every bend.  Here is Three friends who goes on the last adventure to dive in the ocean in the Congo Africa to get the treasure as in money, diamond, and gold coin that is on the plane in the bottom of the ocean. Yes there are other people looking for it.

This film is beautifully shot in Africa and France as well as the under water photography and a consistent air of fresh reality. The characters are interesting funny and real. Here is Three friends who goes on an adventure to seek a treasure in Africa they are care free and depends on nobody but themselves ha!!! the good old late 60’s those were the days, it didn’t get any better than that. This film is a breath of fresh air here and I think they tried to make a remake in the US but flap big time. Like I said always stick with the original. See this film with a St. Emilion preferably a vintage bottle.

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Les aventuriers (1967)

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MELODIE EN SOUS-SOL (1963)

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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.

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UN FILC STORY (1975)

A film by Jacques Deray

Cast: Alain Delon, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Renato Salvatori

 This movie depicts the authentic story of the hunt for the dangerous criminal Emile Buisson, who escaped from prison in 1947. During three years Buisson manages to hide from detective Borniche by repeatedly killing his informants. When he’s finally caught with help from the little criminal Paul, Buisson will have committed more than 100 robberies and killed 30 people.

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UN FLIC (1972)

Parisian police commissioner Coleman (Alain Delon) is not a happy man, but he does what he can to get through each day. He has recently started having an affair with Cathy (Catherine Deneuve), and that helps a little. Cathy is also Simon’s girlfriend and Simon (Richard Crenna) is Coleman’s friend. Unfortunately, Simon is also the head of a gang of criminals. When Coleman’s investigation of a drug-smuggling ring closes in, their rivalry comes to a head. This was Jean-Pierre Melville last film. While Alain Delon’s character, Commissaire Coleman, examines a crime scene, we see a brief shot of a wall on which are inscribed several names including the one of his character in one of his previous collaborations with Jean-Pierre Melville: Jef Costello, the “hero” of the Le Samouraï. The opening shot closely resembles Hokusai’s famous woodcut “The Wave”. By the way Richard Crenna is in the film.