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Le Doulos (1963)

Le doulos (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Thriller | 2 March 1964 (USA)
A burglar betraying other criminals, prepares for a big heist with a trusted friend that might be as untrustworthy as he.

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Gilbert Varnove (as René Lefevre)
Marcel Cuvelier ...
Un inspecteur
Philippe March ...
Jean (as Aimé De March)
Fabienne Dali ...
Fabienne
Monique Hennessy ...
Carl Studer ...
Kern
Christian Lude ...
Le docteur
Jacques De Leon ...
Jacques Léonard ...
Un inspecteur (as Jack Leonard)
Paulette Breil ...
Anita
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Remy
Charles Bayard ...
Le vieil homme
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Burglar Maurice Faugel has just finished his sentence. He murders Gilbert Vanovre, a receiver, and steals the loot of a break-in. He is also preparing a house-breaking, and his friend Silien brings him the needed equipment. But Silien is a police informer ... A movie whose "all characters are two-faced, all characters are false", according to director Jean-Pierre Melville. Written by Yepok

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Doulos: The Finger Man  »

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Opening Weekend:

$9,362 (USA) (1 July 2007)

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$82,772 (USA) (6 January 2008)
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When Fougel frantically drives in heavy rain to Silien's home, exterior shots of the car show the rain running straight down the door and window, instead of flowing backwards with the wind. See more »

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Stylish French neo-noir
7 April 2013 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Le Doulos is a very good gangster noir from Jean-Pierre Melville. Like his other crime films its American influenced but with French style. It's really a recreation of the American film-noir of the 40's in 60's Paris. As such it's very stylised. Despite the time period, all of the actors look, act and dress like characters out of a hard-boiled movie from the 1940's. Trench coats and hats are the order of the day despite not being in the least bit in fashion in the 60's. The actors were all instructed to perform in a very controlled stylistic way that mimicked those old movies. This was seemingly something that Jean-Paul Belmondo found very unsatisfying, not surprising from an actor famed for working with Jean-Luc Godard whose style was extremely loose and off-the-cuff by comparison.

Like noir, this one has a cast of characters where none are good in the traditional sense. It's about a thief who has just been released from prison. He immediately gets involved in criminal activity but is sold out to the police. He suspects his best friend is a police informer ('le doulos'). It's about betrayals, friendship and people assuming the worst of each other; the honour/dishonour of thieves. Of course, this being a noir, things do not run in a straightforward manner and there are several twists and turns before we reach the end. Look out also for an early cinematic nude scene featuring Fabienne Dali who also made a memorable appearance as a sexy witch in Mario Bava's Gothic horror film Kill, Baby…Kill!


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