The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
Razzia sur la Chnouf
The year after his iconic performance as the world-weary gangster in Touchez pas au grisbi, Jean Gabin returned to the Parisian criminal underworld milieu in this wonderfully hardboiled adaptation of the novel by Auguste Le Breton (also a source for Melville’s Bob le flambeur and Dassin’s Rififi). Examining the illicit hard drug trade, the underrated Decoin’s brilliantly appointed noir is an important precursor to the more nihilistic and existential works that would follow in its wake. A particular favourite of Bertrand Tavernier, it also features Marcel Dalio and Lino Ventura.
Also screening on Wed 30 August
Quai des Orfèvres (1947) – Wed 30 Aug, 7pm
Razzia Sur la Chnouf (1955) – Wed 30 Aug, 9.05pm
Classes Tous Risques (1960) – Wed 6 Sep, 7pm
Le Trou (1960) – Wed 6 Sep, 8.55pm
Rififi (1955) – Wed 13 Sep, 7pm
Panique (1946) – Wed 13 Sep, 9.10pm
Although film noir is primarily associated with American cinema of the 1940s and 1950s, France played a key role in its development, both in its appreciation (the term was coined by French critic Nino Frank in 1946) and continuation of the genre. It is perhaps fitting that Rififi (1955), considered by many to be the ultimate French noir, was directed by Jules Dassin, an American exiled in Paris. This season provides an important link between pre-war French examples of the genre such as Julien Duvivier’s Pépé le Moko (1937) and its apotheosis in Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1960s gangster films...
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