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94 Ratings

Magnet of Doom

L'aîné des Ferchaux

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
France, Italy, 1963
Drama, Adventure, Crime


A down on his luck French ex-paratrooper turned amateur boxer takes a job as a private secretary and bodyguard for a corrupt French banker who is on the run from French authorities.

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Magnet of Doom Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville

Critics reviews

The joke is that this excursion into Yankee territory is envisioned largely inside a Parisian studio, with location glimpses only adding to the hallucinatory effect of wide open spaces as inescapably entrapping as Melville’s noir labyrinths. A key transitional work, overlooked even by the director’s buffs yet understood at once by Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, Kings of the Road…
May 23, 2016
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