Le Doulos (1962)
Critic Consensus: Striking cinematography and strong performances make Le Doulos a uniquely cool -- and thoroughly satisfying -- neo-noir.
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Critic Reviews for Le Doulos
Jean-Pierre Melville presents a murky criminal underworld in his gangland classic.
It's a moody, ruminative lowlife crime drama winding up with as many corpses on the floor as Hamlet, and pungent with the sweaty maleness of Melville's tough-guy pictures.
Some amazing moments, but something of a drag all told.
Le Doulos roots itself in traditional noir themes of providence, of loyalty and betrayal, of male codes of honor, and ultimately of man's inability to escape his lot in life.
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.
Audience Reviews for Le Doulos
Terrific 'stylized' French noir! (Does anyone else think that Serge Reggiani looks like Mr. Bean?)
easily one of the most gripping and fulfilling films i have ever seen. the film has enough twists to fill a lifetime, shifting the direction of the characters so often to keep one glued to the story but no too often so as to confuse. a perfect blend of mystery and suspense with noir like lighting and style. one of the best crime dramas ever produced.
a fantastic heist film and the best melville i've seen to date. it's right up there with rififi and the asphalt jungle in my book. jean paul belmondo is tres cool and i never could tell which way it would turn. in beautiful black & white, simply stunning
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