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Writer:
Jean-Pierre Melville (scenario, adaptation and dialogue)
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Release Date:
16 October 1959 (France) See more »
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Plot:
A French UN delegate has disappeared into thin air, sending reporter Moreau (Jean-Pierre Melville) and hard drinking photographer Delmas (Pierre Grasset) on an assignment to find him. Their only lead is a picture of three women. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Pierre Grasset ... Pierre Delmas
Christiane Eudes ... Anne Fèvre-Berthier
Ginger Hall ... Judith Nelson
Colette Fleury ... Françoise Bonnot
Monique Hennessy ... Gloria
Glenda Leigh ... Virgiia Graham
Jean Darcante ... Rouvier
Michèle Bailly ... Bessie Reed (as Michele Bailly)
Paula Dehelly ... Mme. Fèvre-Berthier
Nancy Delorme
Carole Sands
Gloria Kayser ... Une fille
Barbara Hall
Monica Ford
Billy Beck ... Le partenaire de Judith Nelson sur scène
Deya Kent
Carl Studer ... Le sergent de police au snack
Hyman Yanovitz ... Le gardien du Mercury Theatre
Ro. Tetelman ... Le 'bar tendor' (as Ad. Tetelman)
Art Simmons ... Le pianiste de Virginia Graham
Jerry Mengo ... Leslie McKimmie
Jean Lara ... Aubert
Jean-Pierre Melville ... Moreau
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Kearns ... L'homme de la sécurité à la Ridgewood Tavern (as William Kearne)
Yvette Amirante ... La copine d'Anne (uncredited)
Jannick Arvel ... Fille (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Darras ... L'ivrogne au snack (uncredited)
Bernard Hulin ... Le trompettiste à la Pike Slip Inn (uncredited)
Yannick Philouze ... Une secrétaire (uncredited)
Martial Solal ... Le pianiste à la Pike Slip Inn (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jean-Pierre Melville 
 
Writing credits
Jean-Pierre Melville (scenario, adaptation and dialogue)

Produced by
Florence Melville .... producer
Alain Térouanne .... producer (as Alain Terouanne)
 
Original Music by
Christian Chevallier 
Martial Solal 
 
Cinematography by
Nicolas Hayer 
 
Film Editing by
Monique Bonnot 
 
Production Design by
Daniel Guéret 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yannick Andréi .... assistant director (as Yannick Andreï)
Charles L. Bitsch .... assistant director (as Charles Bitsch)
 
Art Department
Raymond Aupée .... construction coordinator
George Balland .... property master
Roger Bar .... set dresser
Martine Sachot .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Jacques Carrère .... sound mixer
Jacques Gallois .... sound
Corvaisier Loiseau .... sound assistant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy André .... still photographer
Claude Beaugé .... camera operator
Charles L. Bitsch .... camera operator (as Charles Bitsch)
Jacques Lang .... camera operator
Michael Shrayer .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Françoise Bonnot .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Paul Bonneau .... conductor
Bernard Hulin .... musician: trumpet
Gaby Jarret .... music recordist
Albert Raisner .... musician: harmonica
 
Other crew
Ghislaine Du Sire .... script girl
Florence Melville .... presenter
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Deux hommes dans Manhattan" - France (original title)
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84 min
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Many scenes were filmed in New York City at night, and in one scene can be a seen a theater marquee showing Separate Tables (1958) with Rita Hayworth, David Niven and Burt Lancaster, which was released n 1958.See more »
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
New Wave in New York, 18 November 2005
Author: kinsayder from United Kingdom

Melville is clearly enjoying himself in this picture. As director, there is a virtuosic flourish to many of the extended shots and the night-time cinematography. As actor, the constant smirk on his character's face is surely that of Melville himself, playing out his personal fantasy as a film noir character in his favourite city.

When the story arrives, it's revealed to be an ethical dilemma: our two principals (Melville as an Agence France Presse journalist and Pierre Grasset as his photographer buddy) discover a French diplomat and ex-Resistance hero dead of a heart attack in an actress's apartment. Do they report the truth, cover it up to preserve the guy's reputation or sensationalise it even more to make a fortune from the exclusive?

Melville was by no means a great actor, but his baleful eyes, bland smile and spiffy bow tie in this film give him a kind of sleazy charm that brings to mind Peter Lorre. His character's name (Moreau) is a pun on "moraux", which means moral, and indeed he is intended to be the moral centre of the film. There are moments, though, when he seems genuinely sinister: when he peeps on a bare-breasted dancer in her dressing room (the scene was censored in the UK), and when he looms threateningly over another girl who has just attempted suicide.

"Deux hommes..." is the most New Wave of all Melville's films. The raw, documentary-style shots, the improvised feel to some of the scenes (Melville makes frequent mistakes when speaking English), the use of real locations and untrained actors (including Melville himself), were jarring to audiences and critics at the time. In the light of Godard and Truffaut we can now better appreciate the type of film-making that Melville helped to inaugurate. Nevertheless, Melville regarded "Deux hommes..." as a failed experiment, returning in his subsequent films to a more classical approach.

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