Le Doulos Reviews

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July 12, 2019
Le Doulos is all about style and trenchcoats and hats, and, while I tend to prefer Melville's later, color films (Le Samourai, Army of Shadows, Le Cercle Rouge, Un Flic), this one is still recommended.
August 23, 2017
Jean-Pierre Melville presents a murky criminal underworld in his gangland classic.
August 11, 2017
It's a moody, ruminative lowlife crime drama winding up with as many corpses on the floor as Hamlet, and pungent with the sweaty maleness of Melville's tough-guy pictures.
August 11, 2017
[A] flawed but fascinating crime thriller ...
August 10, 2017
a film whose characters & plot are concealed as much as they are revealed by the images that flicker on the screen, & whose black & white cinematography (by Nicolas Hayer) beautifully choreographs the ambiguous interchanges of clarity & obscurity.
August 10, 2017
Some amazing moments, but something of a drag all told.
August 7, 2017
Superbly shot in high-contrast monochrome, it unfolds in a stylised universe where character is defined by actions and costumes rather than words.
May 19, 2014
The Mbius strip of noir ambiguity, as hard and shivery and tortuous as can be
November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
October 6, 2008
Le Doulos roots itself in traditional noir themes of providence, of loyalty and betrayal, of male codes of honor, and ultimately of man's inability to escape his lot in life.
February 15, 2008
The macho criminal underworld of French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville has a nasty, nearly misogynistic edge here...
February 15, 2008
October 26, 2007
As good as Melville's setups are, the joys of the movie keep returning to Belmondo, then and now the king of effortless cool.
September 12, 2007
Even if you're not a fan of this sort of narrative trickery, it must be said that Le Doulos is simply a hell of a thriller ...
September 7, 2007
A tour de force.
September 6, 2007
The movie is a tough, stylish, deliciously complex labyrinth of underworld double-crosses that, like most of the other Melville noirs, ultimately celebrates honor among thieves.
July 18, 2007
Even back in 1962, Melville made the usual suspects feel new by wrapping them in gorgeous desolation.
June 29, 2007
A cool, classy treat.
June 27, 2007
A slippery, gripping cops-and-robbers thriller, full of twists and turns and ending with a tragicomic shootout you'll never forget.
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