Film Series : Jean-Pierre Melville: Criminal Codes

Two Men In Manhattan

Deux hommes dans Manhattan

1959, Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 84 min. With Jean-Pierre Melville, Pierre Grasset.

Show Times

  • Sat, Jun 17th 5:45pm
  • Tue, Jun 20th 6:00pm

“Melville at his noir best...his mastery of mood, informed by his singular synthesis of Gallic existentialism and B-movie grit, invigorates every frame.” — Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

Melville’s fascination with America received its most direct expression in this low-budget pastiche set in a mythical Manhattan conjured up from memories of old Hollywood movies, dazzling dusk-to-dawn location footage, and fanciful “New York” interiors filmed on studio sets in France. When the French delegate to the United Nations disappears, reporter Moreau (soulfully played by Melville himself) is dispatched to find him. Moreau takes along his pal Delmas (Grasset of RIFIFI), a hard-drinking photographer whose cynical attitude puts the two comrades at odds when their investigation yields potentially scandalous results. In French and English with English subtitles. DCP digital.

Preceded by 24 HOURS IN THE LIFE OF A CLOWN (24 HEURES DE LA VIE D'UN CLOWN, 1946, 18 min.). In his rarely screened first film, Melville, a lifelong circus-lover, depicts the domestic and professional routine of the clown Béby from one evening to the next. Melville scholar Ginette Vincendeau calls it "an original and charming movie...the dominant mood is melancholy." DCP digital courtesy of the Institut Français. (MR)

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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