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JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE 30 book online at bfi.org.uk SUN 17 SEP SAT 23 SEP WED 27 SEP 18:00 NFT1 18:10 NFT3 20:55 STUDIO SUN 1 OCT TUE 3 OCT 17:40 NFT2 21:00 NFT1 THU 7 SEP WED 13 SEP SUN 24 SEP 18:00 NFT1 20:25 NFT1 17:15 NFT2 FRI 29 SEP SUN 30 SEP 18:00 NFT1 15:30 STUDIO SAT 2 SEP TUE 12 SEP SAT 16 SEP SAT 30 SEP 17:15 NFT1 20:20 NFT1 15:00 NFT1* 17:50 NFT2 Un Flic Dirty Money France-Italy 1972. Dir Jean-Pierre Melville. With Alain Delon, Catherine Deneuve, Richard Crenna, Michael Conrad. 98min. Digital. EST. 12A Melville’s final film returned to the near-abstract style of Le Samouraï, with the protracted opening bank robbery in torrential rain brilliantly establishing the murky mood. The tortuous plot involving drugs, informers and a further robbery even allows for the investigating cop (Delon) to be the gangleader’s friend, taking Melville’s abiding interest in the cat-and-mouse relationship between criminals and police to its logical conclusion. Le Cercle rouge The Red Circle France-Italy 1970. Dir Jean-Pierre Melville. With Alain Delon, André Bourvil, Yves Montand, Gian Maria Volonté. 140min. Digital. EST. PG Inspired in part by the various robbery set-ups in John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle, this magisterial heist movie centres on the preparation, execution and aftermath of a lengthy, daring and meticulously planned jewel-robbery in the Place Vendôme. As ever, Melville is primarily interested in the psychology and ethics of the interplay between characters, and his marvellous cast does his beautifully structured script proud. The Army of Shadows + intro by Laurent Grousset (nephew of Melville)* L’Armée des ombres France-Italy 1969. Dir Jean-Pierre Melville. With Lino Ventura. Simone Signoret, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel. 144min. Digital. EST. 12A A faithful adaptation of Joseph Kessel’s celebrated novel about the French Resistance, this is also Melville’s most profoundly personal film. Though its tale of trust, suspicion and betrayal calls to mind his great crime classics, the film is more rooted in factual research and private reminiscence; accordingly, it’s all the more affecting as it deals with agonising dilemmas, troubled soul-searching and tragic sacrifice. INTRO


BFI Southbank Guide Sep-Oct 2017
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