The devil in the white waistcoat

The devil in the white waistcoat

           The devil in the white waistcoat
               Genre: Thriller, Crime
               Gangster, burglary, treason, fences, spies, film noir
  Just recently, again at large is looking for the gangster Faugel Maurice (Serge Reggiani) is the hiding place on his fence in the uninhabited area beyond the railroad tracks, so as soon as possible to make money – of course illegal in a coup, because Maurice is his “craft” faithful. They know each other from before, a few words about the relevant changes acquaintances and the next break, for which Maurice borrows pressing a gun. But then he uses the weapon to suddenly shoot to the fence, which he then stripped in order to then slip away under cover of darkness, after he buried his loot nearby. The dark, atmospheric almost leisurely start this French black-and-thrillers by Jean-Pierre Melville in 1962 already marked clearly the direction in which this cold and calculated move as directed gangster film: it is by loyalties and betrayal in the underworld milieu in which the shrewd loner Siller (Jean-Paul Belmondo) because of his strange friendship with Inspector Salignari (Daniel Crohem) the reputation of a spy doilies. But Maurice Siller familiar at first, until he is wounded after a failed break-in and eventually arrested. So the game takes to mistrust and suspicion begins … Director Jean-Paul Melville (The Godson / Le Samouraï, 1967, The Red Circle / Le cercle rouge, 1970), in addition to Jean-Paul Belmondo and Michel Piccoli in the film with other stars of the French cinema such as Alain Delon, Lino Ventura, Yves Montand and Jean-Pierre Cassel has turned, also focuses on the devil in the white waistcoat intensively on the mood within the criminal men’s worlds, for which he takes full time, but without the content in the depth to go. The truly significant female characters – here embodied by Fabienne Dali, Monique Hennessy as Fabienne as Therese – remain functional in the final analysis Perepherie of events. No less than the German filmmaker Volker Schlondorff acted in this film as a director’s assistant to Jean-Pierre Melville, and he is also in a bar scene as an extra. Schlöndorff made during his school and student days in Paris, the acquaintance of some directors were predominantly of the Nouvelle Vague and Bertrand Tavernier in a class, the 1961 Prêtre as a director’s assistant to Jean-Pierre Melville’s Eve and the priest / Léon Morin, also with Jean-Paul Belmondo worked in the lead role. Jean-Pierre Melville, however, is also related to this cold crime drama, whose French title is Le doulos a synonym for a spy, the film noir is much closer than the Nouvelle Vague and represents a total of more personal style than a certain direction – unless cool detective stories, which are his specialty. (Mary Anderson)
  Title: The devil in the white waistcoat Original Title: Le Doulos Country of production: France, Italy Year of Production: 1962 Length: 104 (Min.) Published at: format: 1.66:1 anamorphic () tone / language: (# ) Mono Dolby Digital / German, French EAN: 4006680055022 Extras: Photo Gallery, Trailer

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