Jean-Pierre Melville: The Outsider ACMI Cinemas Presents

Le Doulos

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“Les Doulos has always been probably my favorite screenplay of all time”

Quentin Tarantino

Taking its title from the slang for a police informant, Le Doulos stars Jean-Paul Belmondo as Silien, a suave gangster and one time police informer who teams up with a recently released con and an expert safe cracker to stage a robbery. Things quickly go fatally wrong, with the survivors left wondering if they were snitched on. Suspicion quickly points to Silien who now must clear his name or risk certain danger.

Based on a novel by Pierre Lesou and a big influence on Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs (1992), Le Doulos is a twist-laden and moody crime drama replete with Melville's fondness for cool gangsters, seedy nightclubs and honour among thieves.