Cette avant-dernière oeuvre, tournée à "l'américaine" nous maintient en haleine continuellement et comporte un excellent moment de bravoure : la scène du cambriolage. L'ambition de Melville n'est pas de nous faire croire à son histoire, mais de nous la conter avec talent. Il y réussit parfaitement... www.cinefiches.com
The king of cool, Jean-Pierre Melville, provides an eerie caper filled with hot imagery. Going in I thought this was gonna be the best one I would have seen of his but it fell short in comparison to Army of Shadows and le Samourai. It was too long for how 'heavy' it was (little dialogue etc.), could've used more sound and the characters felt underdeveloped. Visually it was every bit as stunning as Melville's others.
Almost no dialogues. Almost no soundtrack. Almost no background noises. Silence all over. Top-notch star ensemble at work; cast, camera. direction. The movie is cool, ice-cold, very slow & considered as 'the masterpiece' of heist genre in cinema. But for me, especially when it comes to the heist scene, it gets boring. And that is, unfortunately, the disappointing element here.