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Deux Hommes Dans Manhattan

Deux Hommes Dans Manhattan

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, Starring Jean-Pierre Melville, Pierre Grasset, Monique Hennessy, Jean-Pierre Melville, Michele Bailly, Jean Darcante, Christiane Eudes, Ginger Hall, Jean Lara, Jerry Mengo
Written by Jean-Pierre Melville, Pierre Grasset, Monique Hennessy, Jean-Pierre Melville, Michele Bailly, Jean Darcante, Christiane Eudes, Ginger Hall, Jean Lara, Jerry Mengo
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Two Men In Manhattan

by Jean-Pierre Melville
A French Director's Vision of America

A sundown-to-sunup search across Greater Manhattan for a missing French delegate to the UN by a French journalist, Moreau (director Jean-Pierre Melville), and a tabloid photographer, Delmas (Pierre Grasset), becomes a deeper quest concerning issues of professionalism, national identity, and morality. At 85-minutes, director Melville's lean, taut thriller (and more on this in a bit) plays like an especially frank and measured variation on American crime thrillers of the period. Retroactively given the name 'film noir' by French film critics, the term for the dark, shadowy melodramas popular throughout the 1940s and 50s that gained cultural currency contemporary to the film's release (in 1959) just as the pessimistic post-war mood the genre described was waning and giving way to a time of greater optimism and hope for the future (unintentionally highlighted by a montage of magazine covers toward the end of the picture, one of which contains the headline "Democratic Forecast: A Catholic in 1960"). Unsuccessful in its original French run, and never released theatrically in the United States, Jean-Pierre Melville's Two Men in Manhattan is simultaneously a conventionally-entertaining genre picture and an unconventionally-subversive art film.

 
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"The dark shadows of New York come to life in this rarely-seen, moody, jazz-soaked noir classic from the great Jean-Pierre Melville, who cast himself as a journalist on an ethically fraught mission to track down a missing French diplomat."

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  • Publisher: E1 Entertainment Distribution
  • UPC: 741952756293
  • Region: Region [unknown]
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HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
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