Melville’s final movie is a moody meditation on professionalism, friendship and betrayal.
Dir Jean-Pierre Melville
With Alain Delon, Catherine Deneuve, Richard Crenna, Michael Conrad
In crime maestro Melville’s final film a cop (Delon) tries to discover who perpetrated a daring bank robbery, little realising that the gang leader happens to be a friend... Beginning with a mute, stunningly staged heist sequence, the movie is pared back to essentials, its narrative a near-abstract meditation on matters of honour, professionalism, betrayal and responsibility. The bluesy mood speaks of regret and disenchantment.