SynopsisMaurice Faugel badly supported his stay in prison, during which his wife was killed. By revenge, it kills the Varnove receiver with his own weapon, whereas this one prepares stolen jewels. These spoils must be given to Nuttheccio and Armand, whose arrival causes the escape of Faugel, with the revolver and the nest egg. By precaution, it dissimulates the whole in a deserted place, under a reverberator.
The following day, Silien his/her best friend, brings material to him to make a burgling in a private mansion. Silien is badly seen in the medium, it with the reputation to be a “doulos”, i.e. an indicator. It returns to Therese, the friend of Faugel, and the constrained one to give him the address where “breakage” must take place, then it binds it and muzzles it before preventing the police force. On arrival of the police officers, Faugel and its accomplice escape, of the shots burst, the accomplice and the Salignari inspector is killed, Faugel receives a ball and he disappears. Mysteriously recovered, the ball is withdrawn to him, and he entrusts to an accomplice a drawing which represents the hiding place of the jewels. Therese dies at the wheel of her car. Maurice is stopped on denunciation of Silien, it is vainly questioned by the Clain police chief. Silien prepares a setting in scene which lets believe that Nuttheccio and Armand entretués themselves, because of the jewels which réappaissent opportunely. Maurice is given in freedom and Silien tells him a version extremely different from the course of the facts. The history ends in the death of the main characters.
Comment“Doulos”, in Argot means “hat”, but it indicates also an indicator. The novel whose film is an adaptation was more especially localized with Montmartre, Melville was unaware of this data to extend it to the whole of urban space. If each one of its films is particular, this one wants to be a homage to American black film that the realizer admired.
- Realization: Jean-Pierre Melville
- Scenario, adaptation and dialogs: J.P. Melville, according to the novel of Pierre Lesou
- Production: Carlo Ponti and Georges de Beauregard for Rome-Paris Films
- Decorations: Daniel Guéret
- Photography: Nicolas Hayer
- Music: Paul Misraki
- Assembly: Monique Bonnot
- Kind: Police officer
- Black and white
- Lasted: 110 minutes
- Left: December 13rd 1962 (Italy), February 8th 1963 (France)
- Jean-Paul Belmondo: Silien
- Serge Reggiani: Maurice Faugel
- Jean Desailly: the police chief Clain
- Fabienne Dali: Fabienne
- Michel Piccoli: Nuttheccio
- Rene Lefèvre: Gilbert Varnove
- Marcel Cuvelier: first inspector
- Jack Léonard: second inspector
- Aime de March: Jean
- Monique Hennessy: Therese
- Philippe Nahon: Rémy
- Jacques of Leon: Armand
- Carl Studer: Kern
- Paulette Breil : Anita
- Daniel Crohem: the inspector Salignari
Around filmJean-Pierre Melville had already directed Jean-Paul Belmondo in Leon Morin, priest .
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