Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1963, 108 min., b&w, French w/ English subtitles
Jean-Pierre Melville Centennial (1917-2017)
Maurice (Serge Reggiani) is fresh out of prison and looking to pay a debt with an easy heist. But when the cops thwart the gangster's plans, he suspects Silien (Jean-Paul Belmondo) for a doulos - a stoolpigeon.
“One evening in January, 1957, my friend [and agent] Jean Rossignol, phoned me to say “I have a book for you.” He sent me the press proofs of a novel due out in the Série Noir collection entitled Le Doulos. l was immediately taken with it, not so much by the form, which was episodic and Montmartre-set, which I didn’t respect, but by the spirit.” – Jean-Pierre Melville