Le doulos

Le doulos

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville • 1962 • France
Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Serge Reggiani, Monique Hennessy

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.

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Le doulos
  • Le doulos

    Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville • 1962 • France
    Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Serge Reggiani, Monique Hennessy

    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 enigmat...

Extras

  • Page cinéma

    The following is an excerpt from the French television program “Page cinéma” (February 1, 1963), and is presented by Mario Beunat.

  • Cinépanorama

    The following is an excerpt from the French television program “Cinépanorama” (June 15, 1963; directed by Francois Chalais).

  • La joie de vivre

    The following is an excerpt from the French television program “La joie de vivre” (January 19, 1970; directed by Jean Pignol).

  • Bertrand Tavernier on JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE

    Acclaimed director Bertrand Tavernier (COUP DE TORCHON, AROUND MIDNIGHT) began his film career as a critic and publicist. It was in the latter role that he was involved with Jean-Pierre Melville’s LE DOULOS. In this interview, Tavernier talks about his memories of the time and of Melville as a di...