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Le Deuxième Souffle Details

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SECOND BREATH (LE DEUXIEME SOUFFLE), 1966, 150 min. Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville. A middle-aged hood (Lino Ventura) breaks out of jail and organizes a new gang, determined to prove he still has what it takes. Melville’s brutal, crackling noir contrasts Ventura’s “old world craftsmanship” against the younger generation of Nouvelle Vague crooks. A twisting-turning maze of existential pitfalls opens up before Ventura’s character – some placed by the police, some by his cronies, some by his woman and some even by himself – will it be possible for him to circumvent them all? With Paul Meurisse, Raymond Pellegrin. In French, with English subtitles.

Cast

Lino Ventura
as Gustave Minda
Paul Meurisse
as Inspector Blot
Raymond Pellegrin
as Paul Ricci
Christine Fabrega
Pierre Zimmer
as Orloff
Marcel Bozzuffi
as Ricci
Michel Constantin
as Alban
Paul Frankeur
as Fardiano
Mel Ferrer

Crew

Jean-Pierre Melville
Director
Jean-Pierre Melville
Screenwriter
José Giovanni
Screenwriter
José Giovanni
Book Author
Marcel Combes
Cinematographer
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