|Death by tea-towel|
|Signoret as a nurse on a daring raid|
Like ARMY OF SHADOWS this is a slow, leisurely film that takes its time - 135 minutes - to present this abstract dream-world, where men live by their own code, a gangster code with the values of the outside world conspicuously absent. Melville claimed he wanted to shoot a film noir in colour and in many ways he succeeded. The two primary influences for this film were John Huston's 1950 heist movie THE ASPHALT JUNGLE and Jules Dassin's RIFIFI (1955). But unlike these films, Melville tells us almost nothing about his criminals. Why was Corey (Delon) in jail? Why was his associate, Vogel (Volonté) arrested in the first place? Or why the ex-police marksman Jansen (Montand) left the force, was it his alcoholism?
|Melville in his usual cowboy hat avec Delon|