Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Criterion Adds Two More Jean-Pierre Melvilles

Jean-Pierre Melville, a member of the French New Wave, who died in 1973, directed 13 features. Criterion has now added two more titles to its Melville releases: Le doulos aka Doulos the Finger Man (1962) and Le deuxieme souffle aka Second Breath (1966). This puts the total Criterion output at 7 Melville titles. Curiously, an early short of his, Vingt Quatre Heures de la Vie d'un Clown (1945) has not been a special feature of any of them-- perhaps it's a lost film.

I haven't seen any of Melville's films, but with these new titles (plus an Anchor Bay release of his last film Un Flic from 2001 available) this is certainly a good time to discover his work. I'll add him to the ever growing list...

Link to Criterion's coming soon titles list.

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