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Though not among Melville's classics, "Un Flic" is a pleasure to experience.
Delon and Crenna paint an idealized portrait of masculine camaraderie, one that's exposed at the end of Melville's bracing last testament as a soul-shattering illusion.
A fitting final act for noir master Jean-Pierre Melville ...
A murky disappointment.
A bitter meditation on disenchantment and defeat, as glacial and hermetic as Deneuve's face.
Mr. Melville's obsession with technical information is sometimes taken to lengths that border on the crazy.
Jean-Pierre Melville's last film, Un Flic / A Cop (1972), is a late noir classic...
There's a distinct vein of misanthropic defeat coursing in this film that's encoded into empty gestures and portrayals of people who appear to only be going through the motions.
Chilling perfection is Melville's epitath
Engaging and entertaining %u2026 primarily a heist movie with noirish elements; the characters are all flawed
Everything that has come to be known as "Melville" exists in some form throughout the film's 98 minutes. The flaws present are those of the greatest auteurs' autumnal works.
Plays beautifully with all [Melville's] trademark silence, grim faces, and gloomy colors.
While still a fine movie in its own right, there is precious little going on in Melville's final offering that followers of his work will not have seen better executed elsewhere. The Delon-Deneuve-Crenna triangle is too perfunctorily sketched to either convince or engage our interest. Of the three leads, Crenna does best, with Deneuve at her most icily vacant and Delon less appealing on the right side of the law. Curiously, the most sympathetically drawn and intriguing characters are in supporting roles: Riccardo Cucciolla's Paul, an ex-bank manager turned robber who reluctantly deceives his wife (Simone Valère) by pretending to be looking for work, and especially Valérie Wilson as Delon's transvestite informer. Worth seeing for a couple of typically excellent heist sequences, the second only marginally spoiled by some rather obvious model work.
Jean-Pierre Melville's final project is a blue-toned caper film with two extended heist sequences and several long stretches without dialogue. Alain Delon (who also starred in Melville's "Le Samourai" and "Le Cercle Rouge") is now a good guy -- a detective on the trail -- and lead criminals Richard Crenna and Michael Conrad are presumably dubbed in French. Catherine Deneuve shows up for a few scenes to look beautiful but feels written into the story as a marketing move.
The most interesting segment is the second heist, an elaborate robbery of a train in motion. Unfortunately, the cost-cutting use of a miniature helicopter and train for the long shots is seriously embarrassing.
melville blends his usual style with a gripping crime story that tracks every detail as parts of the story unfold in almost real time. the only drawback might be the films accessability as it is so intelligently written and filmed that one might have to be almost too smart to track along the way, but those that follow the story will be drawn in. phenomenal film.
[font=Century Gothic]Written and directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, "Un Flic" is a stylish heist movie with minimal dialogue(There is narration at the beginning that does nobody any favors.), that has not one heist, but two. The first is pulled off at a bank in gale force winds while the second serves as the climax of the film. In between is a Paris where it is impossible to tell the criminals from the police without a scorecard(or for that matter the men from the women). One of the gang of thieves is Paul Weber(Riccardo Cucciolla), an otherwise good man who has gotten desperate after being laid off as an assistant manager for a bank about a year before. On the other side of the fence is Police Superintendent Edouard Coleman(Alain Delon) who resorts to whatever methods he can to catch the criminals, whether it be relying on snitches or roughing up suspects. He even plays the piano a bit at a nightclub frequented by Simon(Richard Crenna), the gang leader. The only thing clear in this grey world is to never be a hero. Look where that will get you. [/font]
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