Tag Archives: Jean-Pierre Melville

Le Deuxième Souffle (Melville, 1966)

It’s always so fun to watch a Jean-Pierre Melville film you haven’t seen before. His Le Deuxième Souffle (Second Breath) is, as you’d expect, quiet, stylish, and masterful. You can’t really compare a Melville film to anyone else’s (although, the very … Continue reading

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The Ipcress File (Furie, 1965) and A Shock to the System (Egleson, 1990)

Michael Caine double-feature!  The Ipcress File is a great spy thriller and the first film in the Harry Palmer series.  This is pure ’60s Caine, and predates many of his other cinematic classics including his string of great ones from that … Continue reading

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Get Carter (Hodges, 1971) and others

I’d never seen the original Get Carter somehow until very recently.  As expected, it’s a great entry into the 70s British tough-guy, Michael Caine and Mike Hodges canons.  Is it me, or does Hodges take a pretty large cue from Jean-Pierre … Continue reading

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Max Mon Amour (Oshima, 1986) and Un Flic (Melville, 1972)

Two lesser films by two great masters.  Max Mon Amour is probably my least favorite Oshima.  It’s saying a lot that a film about a woman who falls in love with a chimpanzee is perhaps the director’s most accessible film … Continue reading

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