It's late 17th century. The viola da gamba player Monsieur de Sainte Colombe comes home to find that his wife died while he was away. In his grief he builds a small house in his garden into... See full summary »
Gu, a famous gangster, has just escaped from jail. All french police is after him. Before leaving the country with Manouche, the woman he loves, Gu needs a final job to get some money. The job works, but a police's scheming makes Gu appear as a traitor to his own accomplices. Gu will do whatever it takes to clean his honor...
Ruthless executive Christine brings on Isabelle as her assistant, and she takes delight in toying with the young woman's innocence. But when the protégé's ideas become tempting enough for ... See full summary »
Kristin Scott Thomas,
Corneau aims high,much higher than Melville,without that director's ridiculous metaphysical pretensions.He actually tries to imitate the American film Noir (which Melville tried to do too),not only those of Scorcese ("shades of "taxi driver" ) but also the golden age of Wise,Siodmak,Walsh ...
The best of his work remain his early efforts:" police python 357" and "La Menace" ;these movies have in common a solid,if implausible,screenplay.Things begin to deteriorate beyond that point :"Le Choix Des Armes" relied more on the actors than on a well-constructed plot."Le Mome" is even worse: the screenplay is poor,mean and is devoid of any interest .The cop-and-babe story has been told and told and told and TOLD and Corneau and Clavier (writer) cannot renew it. There are much nudity and a lot of love scenes between Anconina (good but not exactly what you call a sex symbol)and his statuesque black co-star,an interminable car chase .That does not mean a thing when you don't have ,say,a Simenon book to help you with the atmosphere.
Another danger is to use great songs in a soundtrack:when you hear Otis Redding sing " dock of the bay" or "try a little tenderness" ,you forget all about the picture and you are under the spell ,not of the movie,but of this fantastic voice.
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