Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
France/Italy, 1970. Euro International Film, Les Films Corona, Selenia Cinematografica. Screenplay by Jean-Pierre Melville. Cinematography by Henri Decae. Produced by Robert Dorfmann. Music by Eric Demarsan. Production Design by Theobald Meurisse. Costume Design by Colette Baudot. Film Editing by Marie-Sophie Dubus.
No one makes gangster films like Jean-Pierre Melville, and this enjoyable entry, while not up to the standard of Bob Le Flambeur, is still not to be missed. Alain Delon plays a cool thief who is released from prison the same day as a deranged murderer (Gian Maria Volonté) and is unaware that he is sharing a ride with him when Volonte hides in his trunk. The two join up forces and enlist a former police officer to aid them in a jewel heist, while the policeman who was guarding Volonte tries to get a mob boss to help catch all three of them. A healthy blend of suspense, action and deliciously wry humour, this is a great example of the 1940s classics of the genre inspiring the masterpiece-makers of the later decades.
The Criterion Collection: #218