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Tuesday, 27 April 2010 at 7.30pm
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Jean-Pierre Melville's reputation rests largely on American-style gangster movies such as Le Deuxième Souffle and Le Samouraï, but Army of Shadows may be his greatest film. In this long but utterly mesmerising vengeance thriller, set during the Second World War, Lino Ventura plays a Resistance fighter searching for the man who betrayed him to the Nazis. With its superb cast, moody photography, marvellous use of Lyon locations and doom-laden flashbacks, this is a war drama par excellence that draws on the director's own experience as a member of the Maquis.


Jean-Pierre Melville