Le doulos Le doulos

Le doulos

Jean-Pierre Melville

 
Le doulos (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Out of Print
  • France
  • 1962
  • 109 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • French
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  • Spine #447

The backstabbing criminals in the shadowy underworld of Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le doulos have only one guiding principle: “Lie or die.” A stone-faced Jean-Paul Belmondo stars as enigmatic gangster Silien, who may or may not be responsible for squealing on Faugel (Serge Reggiani), just released from the slammer and already involved in what should have been a simple heist. By the end of this brutal, twisting, and multilayered policier, who will be left to trust? Shot and edited with Melville’s trademark cool and featuring masterfully stylized dialogue and performances, Le doulos (slang for “informant”) is one of the filmmaker’s most gripping crime dramas.

Cast

SilienJean-Paul Belmondo
Maurice Faugel Serge Reggiani
ThéreseMonique Hennessy
Superintendant Clain Jean Desailly
Gilbert Varnove René Lefèvre
JeanPhillippe March

Credits

DirectorJean-Pierre Melville
ScreenplayJean-Pierre Melville
From the novel byPierre Lesou
CinematographyNicolas Hayer
MusicPaul Misraki
EditingMonique Bonnot
Production designDaniel Guéret

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Selected-scene audio commentary by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau, author of Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris
  • Video interviews with directors Volker Schlöndorff and Bertrand Tavernier, who served as assistant director and publicity agent, respectively, on the film
  • Archival interviews with Melville and actors Jean-Paul Belmondo and Serge Reggiani
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic Glenn Kenny

    New cover by Steve Chow

Film Essays

Le doulos: Walking Ghosts

By Glenn Kenny October 06, 2008

It is pretty much a convention of the hard-boiled gangster picture that most, if not all, of the principal characters wind up dead by the final shot. So it ought not constitute a “spoiler” to . . . Read more »

Posters

Red, White, and Belmondo

August 11, 2011

Le doulos poster, German release, 1963. Read more »


Film Essays

Le doulos: Walking Ghosts

By Glenn Kenny October 06, 2008

It is pretty much a convention of the hard-boiled gangster picture that most, if not all, of the principal characters wind up dead by the final shot. So it ought not constitute a “spoiler” to . . . Read more »