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Diabolically Delon: Three French Thrillers

French thrillers Diabolically Yours, Farewell Friend, and Un Flic star the handsome and controversial tough guy, Alain Delon, whose off-screen persona was not unlike his hard bastard characters.

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Les Durs and the Anatomy of the (French) Tough Guy: Gabin, Ventura, and Belmondo

At Les Durs (The Tough Guys) Film Fest, the tough guy is a bulwark against decay; he's the guarantor of value -- even if that value is compromised by the world around him.

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Jean Pierre Melville's 'La silence de la mer' Is the French Resistance in Microcosm

Austere even by Jean-Pierre Melville's later standards, La silence de la mer is a powerful testament to nonviolent resistance.

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'The French Connection' Is Transcontinental in More Ways Than One

Hailed as a classic in the cop genre, its legacy as the first R-rated film to win the Oscar for Best Picture is undeniable. As if that weren’t enough, a viewing 40 years later reveals how literal the title is: it’s a crime film that bridges '60s French and American cinema.

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'Le Doulos': Melville's Game of Shadows

The appeal of Le Doulos among a line of top-tier Criterion restorations comes both in the film’s labyrinthine, double-cross laden script and some of the best noir cinematography ever captured on film.

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The 100 Essential Directors Part 6: Ernst Lubitsch to Vincente Minnelli

Today runs the gamut. Hollywood to indie art house, female perspective to male, screwball comedy to chamber drama. The odyssey from Ernst Lubitsch to Vincente Minnelli will provide illumination on how film's first special effects were used, how two brothers presciently preceded reality TV in the Hamptons, and why some directors prefer to work about once a decade on average...

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Le Deuxième Souffle

Melville’s entertaining crime thriller favors quiet suspense over ostentatious action.

Stephen Snart
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Dirty Money (Un Flic)

For Jean-Pierre Melville, the classic cops and robbers crime story was simply a vehicle to place his flawed heroes through ritualized situations of life and death.

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Breathless

It's hard to see the revolutionary aspects of Breathless is part thriller, part noir, and part romance. It’s stylish and sexy and tres cool. It's Hollywood, reimagined via Paris.

Jake Meaney
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Les Enfants Terribles

A partnership between the tough suspense artist Jean- Pierre Melville and the precocious Jean Cocteau might look odd, but the tensions and conflicts served the twisted, mythic world of Les Enfants Terribles rather nicely.

Michael Buening
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Army of Shadows (1969)

Jean-Pierre Melville's Army of Shadows is a timeless and decidedly sober look at the desultory nature of everyday life during wartime.

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Army of Shadows (1969)

In Jean-Pierre Melville's 1969 film, shadows conceal men whose only moral principle and greatest crime is the desire for freedom.

Ryan Vu
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