35mm, rewatched now in a bad digital copy, re-rating. Cinematography by Henri Decaë. A mix between Conrad and "Wind Across the Everglades" in the final part of this movie and the initial boxing scene. The rest is a little enthusiastic narrative fill.
Like second-hand Nicholas Ray, which is funny considering how little Melville cared for Ray's style. There's a lot here to find fascinating if not necessarily gripping. The film is a fascinating lens to view American culture, one of the earliest examples of a foreigner's eye-view of the states in a narrative context. Europeans ran Hollywood, but Melville stayed on the outside looking in.
Parts of this are great, The title sequence, the introduction of the racist shitheel CEO (which is the most premium way to introduce a villainous ass I've yet seen), the shots of new york - and I am kind of obsessed with this film at the moment - but is it good? Not really. If you're on a JP Melville kick or are looking for some ways to make plain-text title sequences interesting go for it.