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Duncan Gray's rating of the film Le doulos

I wish I could live in a world free of cops and hoods, Belmondo says, and it may be the latent, vulnerable, metaphorical credo of all Melville's best. In their company, Le Doulos is one of his fastest—for a director known for drawing out the situation, this one keeps the twists coming, making you wonder who's up to what. My only hesitancy is the ending, which feels bound to genre tropes rather than transcending them.