A double bill of masterpieces from former French Resistance fighter Jean-Pierre Melville, whose meticulous filmmaking style and appropriation of the dark American crime film profoundly influenced both French New Wave filmmakers and Asian directors such as John Woo.
Bob Le Flambeur established the Melvillian universe of tough men involved in Parisian underworld activities, trying to retain a code of honour while dealing with volatile women and treacherous acquaintances. Roger Duchesne excels as an ageing gambler aiming to rob a casino in a bittersweet tragedy with a dry sense of humour.
The tone of Melville's last film, Un Flic, is much darker. Beautifully shot in muted colours, it opens with a stunning bank robbery executed by the gang of nightclub owner Richard Crenna. However, this is merely the prelude to an even more spectacular heist. A wonderfully fatalistic study of loss and deception.