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Le Doulos [1962 film] by Jean-Pierre…

Le Doulos [1962 film] (1962)

by Jean-Pierre Melville (Director)

Other authors: Jean-Paul Belmondo (Actor), Jean Desailly (Actor), Michel Piccoli (Actor), Serge Reggiani (Actor)

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As the title screens explain, in gangster slang, 'doulos' means 'hat.' In the slang shared by criminal and police, 'doulos' also designates the person who wears it: the informer. Through shadowy back streets on the edge of Paris, an ingenious cat and mouse game is played as two underworld characters, seemingly working against each other, find themselves in a deadly entanglement of their own making but infinitely larger than both of them. Faugel, a thief recently released from prison, and Silien, Faugel's best friend and all-around suspicious character, are up against shady nightclub owner Nuttheccio, and the police's Capt. Clain, ruthless as any criminal. The hapless gangsters know two things: their sense of honor is the only thing they can take with them to the grave, and that date with the grave is coming all too soon. By Jean-Pierre Melville, French poet of crime cinema, full of shadows, night, trench coats, guns, tough guys, cigarettes, slinky dames, cocktail bars, crooked cops, betrayal, and loot.… (more)



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(Le Doulos, Fracia/Italia 1962, b/n, 108') Jean-Pierre Melville. * Con Serge Reggiani, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Desailly, Michel Piccoli, Fabienne Dali. Uscito di galera, un gangster (Reggiani) inizia a regolare i suoi conti, sospettando a torto di essere stato tradito dal giovane Silien (Belmondo): l'equivoco sarà fatale a entrambi. Melville ricostruisce le atmosfere del noir americano- arrivando a inserire nelle scenografia elementi (come le cabine telefoniche) non francesi - e ne cita i temi più tipici (l'amicizia virile, la morte inevitabile). Ma dello spessore dei personaggi e dell'ambiguità (non priva di una tragica ironia) della vicenda è tutto suo il merito. Nell'ottimo cast Piccoli ha un pezzo di bravura nella parte di un uomo che sa di dover morire. ( )
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Melville, Jean-PierreDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Belmondo, Jean-PaulActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Desailly, JeanActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Piccoli, MichelActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reggiani, SergeActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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