Director: Jean-Pierre Melville

98 mins • 1956 • France • Digital • Black and White

Dr Douglas Smith, Senior Lecturer, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, UCD, will introduce this screening.

Melville’s most memorable character, Bob Montagné, with his silver-hair, trench-coat and Bogartesque style, is an aging thief-turned-gambler who sets out to bring off one last coup, a heist on the Deauville casino. Inspired in part by John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle, it reflects Melville’s love for Hollywood gangster movies, with the themes of friendship, loyalty, betrayal and solitude recurring in much of his work.

(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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