Le deuxième souffle Le deuxième souffle

Le deuxième souffle

Jean-Pierre Melville

 
Le deuxième souffle (Criterion DVD)

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  • France
  • 1966
  • 144 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • French
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  • Spine #448

With his customary restraint and ruthless attention to detail, director Jean-Pierre Melville follows the parallel tracks of French underworld criminal Gu (the inimitable Lino Ventura), escaped from prison and roped into one last robbery, and the suave inspector, Blot (Paul Meurisse), relentlessly seeking him. The implosive Le deuxième souffle captures the pathos, loneliness, and excitement of a life in the shadows with methodical suspense and harrowing authenticity, and contains one of the most thrilling heist sequences Melville ever shot.

Cast

Gustave 'Gu' Minda Lino Ventura
Commissaire Blot Paul Meurisse
Paul RicciRaymond Pellegrin
ManoucheChristine Fabréga
Marcel Bozzuffi Jo Ricci
AntoineDenis Manuel
AlbanMichel Constantin
OrloffPierre Zimmer
PascalPierre Grasset

Credits

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau, author of Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris, and film critic Geoff Andrew of the British Film Institute
  • New video interview with director Bertrand Tavernier, who served as publicity agent on the film
  • Archival footage featuring interviews with Melville and actor Lino Ventura
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic Adrian Danks

    New cover by Steve Chow

Film Essays

Le deuxième souffle: After the Fall

By Adrian DanksOctober 06, 2008

Le deuxième souffle, Jean-Pierre Melville’s ninth and to that point most commercially . . . Read more »

Clippings

Lino Item

January 26, 2011

In a new article for Moving Image Source, critic and Cineaste editor Richard Porton peeks . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Le deuxième souffle: After the Fall

By Adrian DanksOctober 06, 2008

Le deuxième souffle, Jean-Pierre Melville’s ninth and to that point most commercially . . . Read more »