Wednesday, September 9, 2009

LE DOULOS @ the Charles Theatre

Don’t miss Jean-Paul Belmondo in LE DOULOS directed by Jean-Pierre Melville (ARMY OF SHADOWS, BOB LE FLAMBEUR). LE DOULOS screens three times this week as the Charles’ revival.

Show times:
Saturday, September 12 at Noon
Monday, September 14 at 7 PM
Thursday, September 17 at 9 PM

LE DOULOS (1962 Jean-Pierre Melville) Jean-Paul Belmondo, Serge Reggiani, Jean Desailly, René Lefèvre, Marcel Cuvelier. 108 m. In French with English subtitles.

Jean-Pierre Melville's existentialized gangster films are one of the glories of the French cinema, American forms played out with European self-consciousness. This 1962 effort stars Jean-Paul Belmondo as an informer on the lam, but plot pales before Melville's detailed noir imagery of dingy hotel rooms, back alleys, and subterranean passages. Melville's love for American films (he was a man of taste as well as talent) was one of the most profound influences on the New Wave generation. In French with subtitles. 108 min. (Dave Kehr)

If you do only one thing this week, see LE DOULOS!
If you dug the re-release of his Army of Shadows...
it's time to catch up with this essential title from Melville's filmography.
– Time Out New York

For fans of classic hard-boiled crime cinema, nothing all summer will compete with the crystalline new black-and-white print of Le Doulos, the great Jean-Pierre Melville's most influential film… A masterful blend of economy and style.
– Andrew O'Hehir,

A gripping and effective mood piece from one of the greats.
– Bilge Ebiri, New York magazine

A superbly-crafted film noir! Taut and Terrific!
-David Sterritt

Jean-Pierre Melville's Brutal and subtly brilliant policier...underscores why the French put the name to film noir.
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

The movie is a French neo-noir that comes from 1962. The setting is the Parisian underworld. The dodgy nightclub owner is Michel Piccoli. The snitch paranoid that a just released prisoner is out to get him is Jean-Paul Belmondo. The title refers to a type of hat, the kind worn by the informer, hence why "doulos" becomes slang for a criminal canary. The cinematography is black and white. Almost everybody smokes. And the director is Jean-Pierre Melville. Need we say more?
-Bret McCabe, City Paper

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