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Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville • 1972 • France
Starring Alain Delon, Richard Crenna, Catherine Deneuve
Jean-Pierre Melville’s final film finds the legendary director paring his minimalist-cool style down to its essence as an impassive police detective (Alain Delon) and a daring bank robber (Richard Crenna) find themselves inextricably linked by their love for the same woman (Catherine Deneuve). The centerpiece of this masterfully stripped-down policier is a transfixing twenty-minute heist sequence involving a helicopter, a speeding train, and nary a word spoken.