Le Doulos

Le Doulos

Le Doulos

Paranoid noir classic from 1963, based on the novel by Pierre Lesou and adapted to screen by French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville.

"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?" (Alliance Française French Film Festival)

1962Rating: M, Violence, sexual reference and offensive language109 minsFranceFrench with English subtitles
CrimeThrillerWorld CinemaClassic
Director:
Jean-Pierre Melville ('Le Samourai', 'Bob le Flambeur', 'Army of Shadows', 'Le Cercle Rouge')
Writer:
Jean-Pierre Melville
Cast:
Jean-Paul BelmondoSerge ReggianiFabienne DaliMichel Piccoli

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Le Doulos / Reviews

Time Out

Time Out

Terrific performances, and equally terrific camerawork from Nicolas Hayer - more gris than noir - conjure a rivetingly treacherous, twilit world.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Does it matter that what we’re seeing is not necessarily what we’re getting? Not at all. The movie is entirely about how it looks and feels.

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