Le Doulos

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Serge Reggiani, Fabienne Dali, Michel Piccoli
Country: France
Language: French with English subtitles
Year of production: 1962
Genre: Film Noir
Rating: M Violence, sexual references and offensive language
Duration: 109 min

“Jean-Paul Belmondo plays subzero cool with such panache that, in a perfect world, cinephiles would perpetually run their thumbs across their bottom lips and utter his name instead of Bogie’s.” Time Out

Synopsis

The backstabbing criminals in the shadowy underworld of Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Doulos have only one guiding principle: “Lie or die.” A stone-faced Jean-Paul Belmondo stars as enigmatic gangster Silien, who may or may not be responsible for squealing on Maurice (Serge Reggiani), an ex-con just released from prison and already involved in what should have been a simple heist. By the end of this brutal, twisting, and multilayered policier, who will be left to trust?

Jean-Pierre Melville pays homage to the American gangster films of the 1930s in the film’s cinematic style and complex plot. Shot and edited with Melville’s trademark cool and featuring masterfully stylised dialogue and performances, Le Doulos (slang for “informant”) is one of the filmmaker’s most gripping film policier, a very French subgenre of the thriller.

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Jean-Pierre Melville’s birth (1917-1973).

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Screenings

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WELLINGTON
Fri 3 Mar 4:20 pm D
Thurs 16 Mar 10:30 am D

AUCKLAND – RIALTO CINEMAS
Thurs 9 Mar 10:00 am
Sun 19 Mar 12:45 pm

AUCKLAND – TAKAPUNA
Sat 11 Mar 10:30 am
Sun 19 Mar 2:00 pm

NELSON
Sun 19 Mar 12:45 pm

CHRISTCHURCH
Wed 15 Mar 2:00 pm
Fri 24 Mar 2:10 pm

TIMARU
Fri 17 Mar 1:00 pm

ARROWTOWN
Fri 24 Mar 11:00 am

TAURANGA
Mon 20 Mar 10:45 am

PALMERSTON NORTH
Mon 27 Mar 11:00 am

NEW PLYMOUTH
Mon 3 Apr 2:30 pm

HAMILTON
Thurs 6 Apr 11:00 am

HAVELOCK NORTH
Fri 7 Apr 11:00 am

DUNEDIN
Sat 1 Apr 1:50 pm
Mon 10 Apr 10:00 am

E Embassy Theatre
D Deluxe Theatre

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