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.
Cinematography by Henri Decaë. "Desire" list: Belmondo, before he had became an untenable tasteless machine of the worst trade, was one of the nouvelle vague's emblems, thanks mainly to his 2 Godard mythical films. Direct expressive face without nuances and nose and thick lips, representatives of a pulse that was a symptom of a narcissistic youth in joy with himself, as the films that he so properly made part of.
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.