I love how economical Melville is with his dialogue. He knows that film is first & foremost a visual medium. He's a creator of pure cinema. There's never a point in any of the films I've seen of his where the dialogue feels unnecessary, which is more than you can say for contemporary crime film directors today such as Refn & Tarantino. Great film. The mise-en-scene constantly took my breath away.
The beginning scenes are just great, especially the scene where Delon plays billiards and a makes a red circle with chalk, i am just impressed. But i don't like the heist scene though, i really love the development of characters through silence..
Superlatively complex police procedural drama that balances its many pieces with confidence and aplomb. The nods to the American crime genre - found through Melville's work - add to the texture rather than detracting in disengenous detail as so easily could have been the case.
Melville showing that even into the 1970s that he could do "gangster cool" better than anyone else on the planet. As far as his gangster films go, I still prefer Le Samourai and Le Doulos, but this one is still a legitimately great movie.
The coolest movie you will ever see. Montand, Deloin, Volonte you can't go wrong. Three of the coolest cats to ever grace the silver screen. Melville in top form. And one of the best portrayal's of the relentless cop ever by bourvil. A performance that Tommy Lee Jones channels in The Fugitive!