Director: Jean-Pierre Melville

145 mins, 1969, France, Digital

A four film programme celebrates the centennial of Jean-Pierre Melville – see the full lineup here. 

Dr Tony Tracy, Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway, will introduce this screening.

Made between Le Samouraï and The Red Circle, Melville’s breathtaking masterpiece completed his triptych about the Occupation and Resistance. An adaptation of Josep Kessel’s novel, Melville draws on his own experience of the Occupation in this exquisite suspense epic. Dark tones of blue-grey dominate its morbid narrative filled with betrayal and death, plunging us into the intense, internal world of a small group of resistance fighters (including Simone Signoret, Lino Ventura, and Serge Reggiani).

(Notes by Marie-Pierre Richard)

This film is screening as part of the Jean-Pierre Melville Centennial Celebration at this year’s IFI French Film Festival. Tickets for all Melville screenings cost €7 each.

Programme supported by the Institut Français and the French Embassy in Ireland. Special thanks to Christine Houard, Institut Français; Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Ireland.

Screening as part of the IFI French Film Festival 2017 – November 15th to 26th.

Packages €45 for 5 films. €80 for 10 films. (Both packages exclude the opening film. Available in person or over the phone: 01 679 3477.)

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