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Aro Recommended Doulos, Le

 

aka: The Finger Man
France 1963, 106 minutes
Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville
In French with English subtitles
Rating: [M]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Suspense, Classics / Film Noir, Heist, Policier

 

Aroview: Eschewing the French New Wave movement in favour of homage to the then ‘passe’ genre of film noir, dir. Jean-Pierre Melville adds shades of moral grey, shiny Citroens, and masculine motifs that would help make the genre his own.

The essence of underworld cool with regulation hat, coat and cigarette, Jean Paul Belmondo stars as a police informer with a violent streak and a wavering loyalty than informs both a complex plot and its key theme of ‘honour among thieves’. Adapted from the once-famous ‘serie noire’ crime series, this has typical ‘policier’ plot exposition, but keeps a few surprises in reserve.

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DVD Features

  • audio commentary
  • cast and/or crew interviews
  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • extra stuff
  • trailers
  • aspect ratio: 1.66:1
 

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