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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Box Set full of Extras, 20 April 2011
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* Bob le flambeur (1956) 98 mins B/W
Brilliant performance by Roger Duchesne as Bob the world-weary anti-hero. Isabelle Corey looking a bit awkward in her screen debut but lovely nonetheless. Brief nudity even for 1956 too.

Extras:
Introduction by Ginette Vincendeau

* Léon Morin, prÍtre (1961) 112 mins B/W
Emmanuele Riva falls in love with a priest played by Jean-Paul Belmondo. Well-acted, but full of heavy discussions about religion which did not appeal to me. I found it difficult to sit through in one go, and it is the only film of the six I wouldn't watch again.

Extras:
Introduction by Ginette Vincendeau
Selected Scene Commentary
Interview with Assistant Director Volker Schlöndorff
Original Trailer

* Le doulos (1962) 104 mins B/W
Jean-Paul Belmondo again in Melville's stylish homage to film-noir. Brilliantly directed with a maze of a plot. Notable for a famous nine-minute single take in the Police Station.

Extras:
Introduction by Ginette Vincendeau
Selected Scene Commentary
Interview with Assistant Director Volker Schlöndorff
Original Trailer

* Army of Shadows (L'armée des ombres) (1969) 139 mins Colour
France under German occuaption. Lino Ventura excellent throughout as one of the leaders of the Resistance. Some interesting set-pieces and a thoroughly enjoyable film.

Extras:
Commentary by Ginette Vincendeau
Documentary: Le Journal de la Resistance (33 mins)
Featurette: Jean-Pierre Melville, Filmmaker (5 mins)
Featurette: Melville, Army of Shadows (28 mins)
Trailer

* Le cercle rouge (1970) 135 mins Colour
Alain Delon, Gian-Maria Volonte and Yves Montand star in the ultimate robbery attempt. Will they be thwarted by the police though? Crime cinema at its best.

Extras:
Introduction and Commentary by Ginette Vincendeau
Interview with Assistant Director Bernard Stora
Rui Nogueira on Melville
Original Trailer

* Un flic (1972) 96 mins Colour
Melville's last film, and certainly not his best. Alain Delon is with the police this time out battling friend and criminal Richard Crenna for the love of Catherine Deneuve. Enjoyable to a point, but the use of train and helicopter models make it look like a Joe 90 episode at times. Strangely, Michael Conrad (Sgt. Esterhaus of Hill Street Blues) also co-stars in a French-speaking role! That caught me off balance.

Extras:
None

Overall, a fantastic set at this price. Melville was a unique director, and you can learn a lot about him from the extras.
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