Film Series : Jean-Pierre Melville: Criminal Codes

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1972, Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 98 min. With Alain Delon, Catherine Deneuve.

Show Times

  • Sat, Jun 24th 5:00pm
  • Tue, Jun 27th 6:00pm

“Looks are exchanged like gunfire — has any director done more with a wordless face-off?” — Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

Melville’s final film is wintry in its settings, chilly in its emotions, and cool in the terse grace of its cops-and-robbers rituals. The story’s central triangle involves a stoical cop (Delon, channeling the Zen-like minimalism of LE SAMOURAÏ), a suave nightclub owner (Richard Crenna) with a sideline in larceny, and the frosty femme fatale (Deneuve) whose favors they share. The wordless opening heist of a beachside, rain-swept bank is one of the director’s great set pieces. His style refined to near-abstraction, Melville conveys the emotional, erotic, and homoerotic undercurrents among his characters primarily through a subverbal code of wardrobe, décor, gestures, and glances. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (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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