Lou is a small time gangster, who thinks he used to be something big. He meets up with a younger girl, Sally, who is learning to be a croupier. Her husband turns up with drugs he has stolen from the Mafia. The husband gets Lou to sell the drugs, but is killed before Lou can give him the money. Later, the owners of the drugs turn up and threaten to kill Sally if she doesn’t return them… —IMDb
Louis Malle (born October 30, 1932, Thumeries, France—died November 23, 1995, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.) French motion-picture director whose eclectic films were noted for their emotional realism and stylistic simplicity.
Malle’s wealthy family resisted his early interest in film but allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies in Paris in 1950. After studying at the institute, he worked as an assistant to filmmaker Robert Bresson and codirected the documentary Le Monde du silence (1956; The Silent World) with underwater explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
Malle’s first feature film, Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (1957; Frantic), was a psychological thriller. His second, Les Amants (1958; The Lovers), was a commercial success and established Malle and its star, Jeanne Moreau, in the film industry. The film’s lyrical love scenes, tracked with exquisite timing, exhibit Malle’s typically bold and uninhibited treatment of sensual themes. Social alienation… read more
Atlantic City: A City of Sadness. Malle’s dynamic induction into Hollywood continues with this searing, lurid painting of modern America: the jazzy wheeling and dealing, (literally) demolished amidst the greasy underside - as sadly lit-up as a John Waters picture - with Lancaster the majestic figure (and hopelessly suave a son of a gun still) atop the delusions of grandeur; Sarandon: starry-eyed muse. Pathetique.
a fantastic late career role for the legendary burt lancaster. a very realistic mobster drama and then some......
Louis Malle’s evocative and elegiac film about change and chance and coming to terms with the past. The production makes crucial use of the ageing and decrepit New Jersey locations and the faded charm… read review