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The Finger Man
Original title:
Le Doulos
Slovenian title:
Špicelj
Section:
HOMMAGE: BELMONDO
Country, year:
France, Italy, 1962
Length:
108
Directed by:
Jean-Pierre Melville
Screenplay:
Jean-Pierre Melville, Pierre V. Lesou
Cinematography:
Nicolas Hayer
Music:
Paul Misraki
Subtitles:
English, slovenian
Language:
French
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Cast:
Jean-Paul Belmondo (Silien), Serge Reggiani (Maurice Faugel), Jean Desailly (komisar Clain), René Lefevre (Gilbert Varnove), Philippe March (Jean), Fabienne Dali (Fabienne), Monique Hennessy (Thérese), Carl Studer (Kern), Jacques De Leon (Armand), Paulette Breil (Anita), Philippe Nahon (Remy), Michel Piccoli (Nuttheccio)
Awards:
Mar del Plata 1963
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Description:
Melville's film noir peopled by two-faced characters. A world out of joint ruled by villains who thrive on fraudulence, dishonesty and deceit.

Maurice and Silien are friends inhabiting the criminal underworld. Safe-cracker Silien has the reputation of a "doulos" because of his friendship with a cop. Maurice is just out of prison and now on the run again because his latest robbery was interrupted by Silien's inspector friend, whom Maurice shoots dead before escaping. Silien is suspected of fitting him up, so he realises that to redeem his criminal honour, he must get the law off Maurice's back by framing an alternative suspect for the cop killing: creepy club-owner Nutthecchio.

"My film draws on the mythology of American gangster films of the '30s, which follows a very distinct code of behaviour, like Westerns. Actually, the code is the same in gangster films as in Westerns: the hero must be the quickest, the smartest, the best of them all." (Jean-Pierre Melville)