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A.k.a.
Second Breath
Year
1966
Runtime
150 min.
Director
Jean-Pierre Melville
Genres
Crime, Drama
Rating *
8.0
Votes *
4,128
Checks
1,007
Favs
88
Dislikes
4
Favs/checks
8.7% (1:11)
Favs/dislikes
22:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Jean-Pierre Melville's Le deuxième souffle may just be my favorite of his French noir films, though Le Samuraï is more accomplished. His last in lustrous black and white, it's the story of an escaped convict doing one last job to get enough money to leave the country. But this isn't a one-man show. Melville introduces us to many characters, on both sides of the law, and gives the film enough scope to make the various relationships work as more than "types". It feels lived in. And in a sense, the audience's rush to try and catch up in the first act is a shade of what Gu (Lino Ventura's protagonist) must be going through, after a few years in the clink. Blazing noir dialog (especially in the original French) abounds despite Melville's reputation for silent sequences (which he indulges in here too, and no one ever says something fake-sounding "for the audience" in any case). It's Paul Meurisse as Inspector Blot (pronounced Blow, but great name either way) who really makes the film. He's tracking Gu with flair and charm, someone who understands the rules of this world and takes no little pleasure in playing the "nemesis". His every scene is brilliant. 2 years 7 months ago
  2. Dieguito's avatar

    Dieguito

    Very good! 8 years 4 months ago
  3. akuma587's avatar

    akuma587

    Great French gangster flick. One of Jean-Pierre Melville's best. 11 years 1 month ago
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