RE: RARA-AVIS: Coup de Torchon etc. and French films

Martha Fischer (
Mon, 15 Nov 1999 11:40:48 -0600

really? le samourai is probably my favorite film, i think it's as relevant as it was on its release (which, i would argue, wasn't very) another tribute by melville to the american gangster films of the 50s, it's just that in this one the ganger genre has been reduced to a few 'signs': the hat, the coat, the independence. i think its relevance is less the its surroundings than to those 50s films.

another great one is le delous, with jean-paul belmondo.

le cercle rouge is available for rent in transfer versions from hip places like kim's underground in new york. the copy i have is from a russian laser disc. well worth trying to dig it up? <>

-----Original Message----- From: []On Behalf Of B. Cox Sent: Monday, November 15, 1999 10:42 AM To: Subject: RE: RARA-AVIS: Coup de Torchon etc. and French films

Melville made some great films including Bob Le Flambeur, Le Samurai (which unfortunately has dated badly) and Le Cercle Rouge (never released in this country but a classic gangster film)


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