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1,150 Ratings

Two Men in Manhattan

Deux hommes dans Manhattan

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
France, 1959
Crime, Drama


A French UN delegate has disappeared into thin air, sending two Frenchmen, reporter Moreau and hard drinking photographer Delmas, on an assignment to find him in Manhattan. Through compromising photographs, clandestine meetings and blackmail, three women reconstruct the figure of the missing person.

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Two Men in Manhattan Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
American women are very direct! Maté’s D.O.A. governs the filming, a captivating mix of grainy snapshots of subways and diners plus fastidious French interiors, the mental topography of Melville’s owlish deadpan. The mystery segues into a dilemma, the dead politician sprawled in his lover’s apartment was once a Resistance hero and is now paparazzi catnip.
November 16, 2015
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Melville’s cool, taut black-and-white images exalt, with an outsider’s passion, the city’s lights, the architecture, the bustling streetscapes, and the romantic desolation, but, as the plot turns sordid, he balances the atmospheric sleaze with an ultra-French infusion of national honor… [Melville] turns a story of back-alley pleasures and lowball jackpots into a glorious myth about the making of a nation’s glorious myths.
March 05, 2014
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There’s something quaint, modest, maybe even a little naïve about Two Men in Manhattan, lending it a unique feel among Melville’s later, probably greater, and certainly graver achievements. Two Men in Manhattan may have unknowingly brought the first phase of Melville’s career to a close, but it doesn’t represent reconciliation on the director’s part so much as transition, gilding his rough and tumble aesthetic with a social consciousness that would carry well through the coming decade.
September 21, 2013
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