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