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Le Doulos

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Rialto Pictures

Le Doulos

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
109 minutes
Limited Release Date:
06/28/07
performer:
Jean-Paul Belmondo, Serge Reggiani
director:
Jean-Pierre Melville
distributor:
Rialto Pictures
author:
67138
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Foreign Language

We gave it a B+

Le Doulos is slang for underworld informer, and Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1962 policier, which is being re-released, has a rat’s-tale cleverness as curlicued as that of The Departed. It’s hard to say who’s loyal and who’s a cad, since both of the main characters lie through their teeth: Serge Reggiani as a thief who’s like a rumpled Rowan Atkinson, and Jean-Paul Belmondo as a smoothie in a trench coat who can slap a babe around rougher than Bogart. Even back in 1962, Melville made the usual suspects feel new by wrapping them in gorgeous desolation.

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