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Le Deuxieme Soufle The French have always gone gaga for American film noir, none more so than Jean-Pierre Melville. In classics like 1967?s Le Samouraï, ...Le Deuxieme SoufleMystery and Thriller, DramaPT144MUnrated The French have always gone gaga for American film noir, none more so than Jean-Pierre Melville. In classics like 1967?s Le Samouraï, ...2008-10-15Marcel BozzuffiPaul MeurisseMarcel Bozzuffi, Paul Meurisse
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Le Deuxieme Soufle

Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Drama; Starring: Lino Ventura, Marcel Bozzuffi, Paul Meurisse; Director: Jean-Pierre Melville; Runtime (in minutes): 144; MPAA Rating: Unrated

The French have always gone gaga for American film noir, none more so than Jean-Pierre Melville. In classics like 1967?s Le Samouraï, the director put hard-boiled dialogue into the mouths of chain-smoking Parisian tough guys, adding a soupçon of Left Bank existential dread to the mix. Now, this pair of lesser-known Melville gems Le Doulos and Le Deuxième Souffle — both centering on doomed heists — gets the full Criterion treatment: lush black-and-white transfers and a slew of EXTRAS including film-nerd pensées and archival interviews with the late master. Gitanes sold separately. A-