Foreign Noir
Classic Noir from Europe and Britain

Focus On French Director:

With his two early films Bob le Flambeur (Bob The Gambler) 1957, and Le Doulos (The Finger Man) 1961, Melville reinvigorated the conventions of American film noir, in the late 50's and 1960's.  

No matter how much they say they hate us, the French have a long tradition of worshipping certain aspects of American culture. Often that culture comes back to us in strangely bastardized versions. Melville, of course, grew up watching the morally ambiguous crime thrillers and film noir that American studios like Warner Brothers cranked out in the 1930's & 40's.  When it came time to make his own, Melville mutated the style's standardized mythology and blended it with the beat poetry, modern art and postwar ennui of 1960's France. 

Jean-Pierre Melville 

In Le Samourai (The Godson) 1967, instead of the moody black and white of The Maltese Falcon, we are thrust into a jazzy Paris landscape filled with pop art colors. Instead of the brooding psychological depth of Touch of Evil, we are treated to a frosty world of blank surfaces and emotional emptiness.

Born Jean-Pierre Grumbach in Paris in 1917, Melville took his working name in admiration of writer Herman Melville. Between 1945 and up to his passing in 1973, he worked on 14 movies including The Strange Ones (1950), Magnet of Doom (1963) &  his last film Dirty Money (1971). Like all true artists, Jean -Pierre Melville marched to his own drummer and created a film style all his own

You American cats are not the only bad guys around!

 

Bob le flambeur

Current Video List 

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France:

American Title

Actors

Jean-Pierre Melville
Bob le Flambeur 'Bob the Gambler'  or  'Fever Heat' (1957) Isabelle Cory, Roger Duchesne 
Le Doulos 'The Finger Man' (1961) John-Paul Belmondo, Sergi Reggiani  
Le Samourai     (color) 'The Godson' (1967) Alain Delon, Francois Perier  
Louis Malle
Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud 'Frantic'  or  'Elevator to the Gallows' (1957) Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet 
Music by Miles Davis   
Henri-Georges Clouzot
Le Salaire de la peur 'Wages Of Fear' (1953) Yves Montond, Peter van Eyck  
Diabolique 'Diabolique' (1955) Simone Signoret, Paul Meurisse  
Jacques Becker
Touchez pas au Grisbi 'Grisbi'  or  'Hands Off the Loot' (1953) Jean Gabin, Dora Doll  
Jean-Luc Godard
└ bout de souffle 'Breathless' (1960) John-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg 
Italy:
Luchino Visconti
Ossessione 'Ossessione' (1942) Clara Calamai,  Massimo Girotti  
Roma, cittÓ aperta 'Open City' (1946) Aldo Fabrizi, Ma rcello Pagliero,  
England: American Title

Actors

Alberto Cavalcanti
They Made Me a Fugitive 'I Became A Criminal' (1947) Trevor Howard, Richard Todd  
John Boulting
Brighton Rock 'Brighton Rock' (1947) Richard Attenborough, Carol Marsh  
Carol Reed
The Third Man 'The Third Man' (1949) Joseph Cotton, Orson Wells    
Ralph Thomas
The Clouded Yellow 'The Clouded Yellow' (1951) Trevor Howard, Jean Simmons  
Orson Wells
Confidential Report 'Mr. Arkadin' (1955) Michael Redgrave, Orson Wells  
Michael Anderson
Chase a Crooked Shadow 'Chase a Crooked Shadow' (1957) Richard Todd, Ann Baxter  
Lewis Gilbert
Cast A Dark Shadow 'Cast A Dark Shadow' (1957) Dirk Bogarde, Margaret Lockwood  
Germany: American Title

Actors

Robert Wiene
Das Kabinett des Doctor Caligari 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari' (1920) Conrad Veidt, Rudolf Klein-Rogge  
Fritz Lang
M - Eine Stadt sucht einen M÷rder 'M' (1920) Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann  
Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse 'Dr. Mabuse's Testament'

(1933)

Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Oscar Beregi  

Grey Poupon ?   We prefer Poupon Noir, Monsieur !

Tough Guys don't bathe !

Bob Le Flambeur  (Bob the Gambler)

Le Doulos (The Finger Man)

Le Samourai  (The Godson) 
Three from Jean-Pierre Melville

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