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JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE @BFI 29 FRI 1 SEP SUN 3 SEP TUE 5 SEP 18:30 NFT1 18:30 NFT1 18:10 NFT1* SAT 2 SEP FRI 8 SEP SUN 10 SEP 20:10 NFT1 18:05 NFT2 13:45 NFT1 MON 4 SEP SAT 9 SEP 20:45 NFT3 15:50 NFT3 Le Samouraï + intro by Ginette Vincendeau, King’s College London* France-Italy 1967. Dir Jean-Pierre Melville. With Alain Delon, Nathalie Delon, François Périer. 105min. 35mm. EST. PG With its cold, bluesy colours, its many wordless scenes, its paredback, ritual-filled narrative and an opening scene which pays tribute to the film of Graham Greene’s This Gun for Hire – this is Melville’s most mythic take on the world of crime. He himself described the impassive protagonist – a loner hitman (Delon) who falls for a woman who witnessed one of his killings – as schizophrenic. Le Deuxième souffle Second Breath France 1966. Dir Jean-Pierre Melville. With Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Raymond Pellegrin, Christine Fabréga. 150min. 35mm. EST. PG This is arguably Melville’s greatest film, with Ventura utterly superb as the escaped con hiding from the cops and plotting one last robbery before he leaves France. Set in Paris and Provence, it offers a highly stylised yet wholly compelling picture of the French underworld and police, while its rich, twisting narrative allows for Melville’s customary focus on matters of honour and professionalism, loyalty and betrayal. L’Ainé des ferchaux Magnet of Doom France-Italy 1963. Dir Jean-Pierre Melville. With Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Vanel, Michèle Mercier, Stefania Sandrelli. 96min. 35mm. EST Very loosely adapted from a Georges Simenon novel, this film chronicles the geographical and emotional odyssey undertaken by an elderly embezzler (Vanel) and the young boxer (Belmondo) he hires as his assistant when he flees with his fortune to America. Inevitably, suspicion takes its toll in what becomes a strange, intense love-hate relationship. The two stars bring great charisma and intelligence to a psychologically complex film. INTRO


BFI Southbank Guide Sep-Oct 2017
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