A classic of French cinema and one of the style setters for the New Wave. Melville was an artist who worked outside the traditional systems in French cinema at the time. He built his own studio and created his own system.
This film takes place in the Paris suburb of Montmartre and it paints a wholly dualistic vision of the place. Heaven and hell, sin and purity all in one place. It is this duality that we find in Bob. He is a good guy but also a gangster. In years to come this duality would drive the success of films like Goodfellas and TV shows such as The Sopranos. We all love a good bad guy.
A master at work.