Two Men in Manhattan (Deux hommes dans Manhattan) (1959)




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The primary protagonists in this routine drama are two French journalists, Delmas (Pierre Grasset) and Moreau (Jean-Pierre Melville, the director), and also the city of New York at night. The two journalists are on the trail of a story -- a French diplomat has disappeared from the U.N. for no apparent reason. As they wander through the city tracking down the reason for the disappearance, the journalists eventually discover that the diplomat has met with foul play. Now the two men have a serious disagreement. Delmas wants to take photos of what happened and use them to create sensational headlines and plenty of attention, but Moreau wants them both to cover up what they have found and bury what they know. Given the setting for this tale, both English and French are spoken throughout the film. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Two Men in Manhattan (Deux hommes dans Manhattan)

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It might be Melville's weakest film.

Dec 28, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Melville's script churns along with the dutiful pace of a procedural...but he mostly seems interested in leading the audience through different places rather than supplying it with twists and turns for their own sake.

Sep 26, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Two Men in Manhattan (Deux hommes dans Manhattan)


In "Two Men in Manhattan," a French diplomat has gone missing in New York City. Due to the sensitive nature of his work, Moreau's(Jean-Pierre Melville, who also wrote, directed and produced) superiors have told him to be careful with his journalistic investigations. However, his first two inquiries lead nowhere. So, he turns to Delmas(Pierre Grasset), a photgrapher for Match magazine, who he was warned about probably due to his drinking. But it is Delmas who comes up with some viable leads for them to try. However, unbeknowst to the two men, somebody is trailing them... Like I've pointed out elsewhere, the first thing European filmmakers want to do when they come to America is to find a dive bar. And that especially seems true for Jean-Pierre Melville with his film "Two Men in Manhattan" in creating an instant nostalgia from a now bygone New York(at least Rockefeller Center has not changed much) that is actually a little ahead of its time, and the characters inhabiting it. While Moreau keeps his distance from the sights and sounds of the city, it is Delmas who has fallen prey to its jazzy siren call. But all of that cool atmosphere can only get the movie so far with its weak mystery and lesser story, as it goes on just a little too long for its own good.

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