Film Series : Jean-Pierre Melville: Criminal Codes

Second Breath

Le deuxième souffle

1966, Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 150 min. With Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse.

Show Times

  • Sat, Jun 17th 3:00pm
  • Thu, Jun 22nd 6:00pm

"This somber, repressive, and perverse work displays a ferocious moral and formal integrity." — Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

A critical and commercial success, SECOND BREATH reignited Melville’s career after a three-year hiatus and consolidated the fusion of abstraction and mastery of detail that would characterize his late masterpieces (LE SAMOURAÏ, ARMY OF SHADOWS). After breaking out of a prison, old-school thief Gu (tough guy par excellence Ventura) finds his restaurant-owner sister under threat by the mob and himself under scrutiny by a wily police inspector (Meurisse). Gu needs money to flee the country, and opportunity knocks in the form of a daring platinum robbery. The opening prison escape and the highway-set heist rank among Melville’s greatest action set-pieces. In French with English subtitles. Archival 35mm print courtesy of the Institut Français. (MR)

Please note: This trailer does not have English subtitles. Our screenings of the film will be subtitled in English.

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Melville film on any Saturday this month, and get a ticket for the second Melville film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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