LE DEUXIÈME SOUFFLE (1966)

Le Deuxième Souffle

A film by Jean Pierre Melville 

Cast: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Raymond Pellegrin

Three men escaped from Castres prison, including Gustave (Lino Ventura) , known as Gu, who had just spent eight years there. Commissioner Blot (Paul Meurisse) is on their tale while a hold-up is organized …

Yes I was watching tv and bang on Arte my favourite channel this film of 2 hours and 30 minutes comes on and for the second time I am seeing this film, and a great film it is . The title translate as the second breath. The Ricci family dominates the underworld, Headed by Paul (Raymond Pellegrin), in Marseille and Jo (Marcel Bozzufi) has his bar in Paris. Manouche (Christine Fabréga), a classy dame who is Gu’s sister. Now Gu has to hide from the cops that are on his tail. In the meantime a hole up is being set up and they need a fourth guy.

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Jean-Pierre Melville here adapted the novel of José Giovanni in this case Melville is not interested in realism however the book was it was from a real gangster but Melville here invented a character for his film named Gu. Here is Paul Meurisse who wanted to play in this film but wanted his character to be as smart and a wit because Paul was smart as a wit. I love the scene in the club after the shooting where Commissioner Blot (Paul Meurisse) tells them how it happened and who did what. It is so written for Meurisse no doubt. In every film noir there are betrayal and honor but Melville here avoid the clichés . You have everything in this film shooting, robbing an armored truck, Gangsters hiding out, betrayal more shooting, a beautiful dame, whiskey, cigarette smoking a must in film noir back then, two dancing girls number . Melville was crazy about cinema from all over the world especially American cinema. He has done only 16 films before he passed on to the next life. I hope you enjoy this one as I did.

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LA VÉRITÉ (1960)

A film by Henri-Georges Clouzot.
Cast: Brigitte Bardot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel.
Dominique Marceau is on trial for the murder of Gilbert Tellier. The counsels duel relentlessly, elaborating explanations for why the pretty, idle and fickle girl killed the talented and ambitious conductor freshly graduated from the conservatory. Was it passion, vengeance, desperation, an accident? The acquaintances of Gilbert testify, as well as Dominique’s former lovers, and her sister, Annie, the studious violin player engaged to Gilbert. The evidence they give progressively paints a more finely-shaded picture of the personalities of Dominique and Gilbert, and of their relationship, than the eloquent and convincing justifications of the counsels.
as I was redoing one of my Brigitte Bardot page of this website I redid it a lot cleaner and more photos and so on I stubble on a film from Bardot called La vérité. A masterpiece from Henri-Georges Clouzot. It is Bardot best performance on screen so far. Sami Frey also delivers a great performance as well as Paul Meurisse which I love They always wrote some intelligent character for him because he was extremely intelligent himself. Dominique Marceau is a pretty young girl eager to leave her parents home and live with her sister in Paris. Other than her, Dominique is living out her lust for life, hanging around with friends, with parties, drinking and casual affairs. By coincidence she encounters her sisters fiancée, a very serious young musician. Eventually they fall in love and hard in love. but Dominique can’t be faithful and Gilbert (Sami Freys ) cannot adjust to her way of life. They break up, reunite, and break up again – with Gilbert more and more being ridiculed by her affairs with other men On the other hand. On the other hand, Dominique cannot let him go either, and when he suddenly loses all his passion and returns to her sister, Dominique makes a decision That will change her life forever. The story is told in a series of flashback during the trial. Clouzots film still makes good use of Bardots erotic energy. Over all this is a classic that you will no soon forget. It is funny because Clouzot chosed Bardot for this role and in real life has cheated on her husband.

Entire film with english subtitles

L’OEIL DU MONOCLE (1962)

A film by Georges Lautner
Cast: Paul Meurisse, Elga Andersen, Gaia Germani.
The eye of the Monocle english title.
In 1943, a German commando dissimulates a large quantity of gold in an undersea cave on the coast of Corsica. Years later, Schlumpf, the sole survivor of the commando, returns to Corsica to recuperate the treasure — with British and Soviet spies on his heels, and closely monitored by Dromard, from the French intelligence services. The monocled Dromard is convinced that he can outfox his opponents, but difficulties accumulate: despite his plump appearance, Herr Schlumpf is a sly fellow; Corsica is teeming with treasure hunters from various nationalities; and all parties readily resort to unnatural alliances, brazen treachery, and strong-arm tactics. Who will get the treasure?

I Love Paul Meurisse He was a highly intelligent man all his characters in movies had to be smart. He plays this suave character very well. This film is a classic directed by Georges Lautner. It is a comedy where Meurisse plays this spy who wears a monocle. Great cast and some fun time ahead. L’oeil du Monocle feels like a spoof of the James Bond and OSS 117 spy films that were subsequently made in the 1960s.

LA GROSSE CAISSE(1965)

U.S title the big swag. An other great film by Bourvil My grandfather favorite actor beside Jean Gabin. Louis Bourdin, a humble subway ticket puncher at RATP, boastful but cowardly, working at the station Quai de la Rapee. He is so fond of detective stories he wrote one himself. He adopted the pseudonym of Lenormand, and his novel entitled “Rape in the RATP”: the imaginary history of robbery of the train to Finance, which collects daily recipe stations at the end of service, flight he describes with great detail. He proposed to several publishers. Disdaining the latter, he will receive, unwisely, a different profession … grateful, but dangerous! Wounded by the refusal of publishers, and by the taunts of his colleagues, despite Bourdin encouraged by real gangsters to carry out the plan described in his novel, to ensure his literary success, and seduce Angélique, the punching of the dock opposite. In the cafe facing the prison of Health, bringing the name of good health, he tries to approach a gangster released from prison by slipping him the plan of action in his jacket pocket. But his choice is made quickly on a famous gangster, Filippi, true “aristocrat of crime”. Approach it the same way in a bowling alley, it is very interested in the script and wants to follow to the letter. But it requires Bourdin to become an accessory to enable its realization and follow the plan outlined in the novel. Family film you will love it.

TONTON LES FLINGERS (1963)

 

 

Ex-gangster Fernand (Lino Ventura) receives a call from a dying friend, a mob boss nicknamed “The Mexican”. The doomed mobster talks Fernand into taking care of some criminal business and looking after his soon-to-be-married daughter. When a longtime mobster heavy, Volfoni takes exception to Fernand for being an outsider, they come after Fernand who is equal to the task. He defends himself in a series of comical killings from the onslaught of the mob. Valued for Audiard’s dialogue and the acting of the whole ensemble: you will still find French people able to quote huge chunks of the dialogue, and to remember the detail of performances by Ventura, Blier et al. [Paul Meurisse] The guy with the monocle saluting Lino Ventura at the end of the movie is Paul Meurisse, a reference to the Movie _Le Monocle noir_ also by Georges Lautner. Without the linguistic knowledge to appreciate the subtlety of the vulgar French, or the cinematic knowledge to appreciate the nuances in the performance of the actors, I doubt if this film is accessible to an international audience, which is as it should be. There is a part of all national film cultures that is precious because it is particular.

LES DIABOLIQUES (1955)

 

A film by Henri-Georges Clouzot

Cast: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse

Les Diaboliques is a mystery thriller from French director Henri-Georges Clouzot about a triangle relationship that leads to murder.The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. The film is based on Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac’s novel “Celle qui n’était plus” (She Who Was No More). Alfred Hitchcock also attempted to buy the rights to this novel; Boileau and Narcejac subsequently wrote “D’Entre les Morts” (From Among the Dead) especially for Hitchcock, who filmed it as Vertigo. When director Henri-Georges Clouzot bought the film rights to the original novel, he reportedly beat Alfred Hitchcock by only a matter of hours. (In fact, Clouzot was occasionally referred to as “the French Hitchcock.”) Unlike many noir thrillers, Diabolique uses as much time to refine its characters as to develop the plot. By never pushing the film’s more contrived aspects to an excess, Clouzot crafts a gripping, chillingly believable scenario. It is by far one of the greatest movie ever made.

Clouzot here has created a double-reverse plot that keep the audience guessing right up to the thoroughly the final scene. A hard thing to do. At first you see bunch of student going to school and going about their schooling in everyday life but it is not the plot here it is the set up that is going to build the plot and the tension later on. A body disappear not only it is the plot who starts here but it is where you are going to pay attention. Inspector Fichet (Charles Vanel), who figures out everything and he is in place to prevent it but waits too long. Fichet is Columbo; Falk added a squint, a dirtier raincoat and more humor. Signoret here shine and plays it like Marilyn Monroe. The film is fun to watch and it is done in a whodunit format. After seeing this film you might be afraid to take a bath but after seeing Psycho  you might be afraid to take a shower. See this film while drinking a good Bordeaux.

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