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Le Deuxieme Souffle (1966)
"Le deuxième souffle" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  1 November 1966 (France)
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Gustave Minda, better known as Gu, a dangerous gangster, escapes from jail. He goes to Paris to join Manouche and other friends, and get involved in a gangland killing. Before leaving the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Paul Meurisse ...
Raymond Pellegrin ...
Christine Fabréga ...
Simone - dite 'Manouche' (as Christine Fabrega)
Marcel Bozzuffi ...
Jo Ricci (as Marcel Bozzufi)
Paul Frankeur ...
Denis Manuel ...
Antoine Ripa
Jean Négroni ...
L'homme (as Jean Negroni)
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Pierre Zimmer ...
Pierre Grasset ...
Pascal
Jacques Léonard ...
(as Jack Leonard)
Raymond Loyer ...
Jacques, le notaire
Régis Outin ...
(as Regis Outin)
Albert Michel ...
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Gustave Minda, better known as Gu, a dangerous gangster, escapes from jail. He goes to Paris to join Manouche and other friends, and get involved in a gangland killing. Before leaving the country with Manouche, Gu needs a final job to get some money. But that's not so simple when you have Inspector Blot tracking you, and have to deal with the consequences of the shooting in Paris... Written by Yepok

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1 November 1966 (France)  »

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Le Deuxieme Souffle  »

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During one of the first sequences of the film, the one when Lino Ventura's character runs after a freight train to escape from police, Jean Pierre Melville, the director, asked just before to the train conductor to increase the speed, so that Ventura shows pain before the camera. And Lino ventura learned that long after the shooting. Useless to say that made a feud between the two of them. Ventura asked Melville to take his dark glasses off when he talked to him. And Melville answered he couldn't, because he was so ugly. Ventura could not say anything after that. But Ventura eventually made another film with Melville - L'Armée des Ombres - during which they did not speak to each other, but only through assistants. See more »

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Slow Going But Rewarding Heist Film Needs Another Look
23 March 2013 | by (Corning, California) – See all my reviews

While in many ways a quintessential heist film, and in other ways a gangster film, this brooding black and white masterpiece also deals with certain codes of honor, and much that is important in the film is left unsaid; the viewer may expect reactions that don't occur, may often question the motives of characters that don't speak, and it is only to viewing the film a second time that much of it comes clear; with the excellent Criterion transfers, it's fascinating to follow the second time with the included commentary; this is not an action-packed film at 2 1/2 hours, but a good deal does happen: lives are lost, a massive robbery takes place, and one is never too sure where the lines between law and disorder cross. Do not expect Instant Involvement with Le Deuxieme Soufflé--but it has it's rewards!


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