By Chris Nashawaty
Updated October 15, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

Le Deuxieme Soufle

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The French have always gone gaga for American film noir, none more so than Jean-Pierre Melville. In classics like 1967?s Le Samouraï, the director put hard-boiled dialogue into the mouths of chain-smoking Parisian tough guys, adding a soupçon of Left Bank existential dread to the mix. Now, this pair of lesser-known Melville gems Le Doulos and Le Deuxième Souffle — both centering on doomed heists — gets the full Criterion treatment: lush black-and-white transfers and a slew of EXTRAS including film-nerd pensées and archival interviews with the late master. Gitanes sold separately. A-

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Le Deuxieme Soufle

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  • Movie
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  • UNRATED
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  • 144 minutes
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