The Alain Delon Collection
The French New Wave was just breaking when director Jacques Deray (The Outside Man, La Piscine) made his feature debut (with Le Gigolo) in 1960. Deray, however, quickly charted a more commercial course for himself. While making movies that the French public actually goes to see isnt a crime, Deray, who specialized in thrillers and policiers, paid for his popularity by being tagged as Jean-Pierre Melvillelite. The occasion of Kinos Alain Delon Collection allows for something of a reassessment, with its inclusion of two Delon-produced, Deray-directed films: Borsalino & Co. (1974) and Flic Story (1975). Friends and partners, Delon and Deray made nine films together, and these two suggest the range of their collaboration. Where Melville matched Delons blank beauty to a minimalist, zero-degree style, Deray takes the opposite tack in Borsalino & Co., a follow-up to Derays Borsalino (1970), which had teamed Delon with Jean-Paul Belmondo as thick-as-thieves mobsters in 1930s Marseille. The sequel opens after Belmondos assassination, with Delons natty gangster, Roch Siffredi, engaged in a bloody war against a gang of Fascist-backed Italian hoods. Deray bathes Delon in diffused light and period deco opulence, a romantic gleam that doesnt fade even when the tide turns and Siffredi has to fight his way back from the madhouse. No such gleam softens the hard edges of Flic Story, a gritty cat-and-mouse pursuit that pits Delons Paris detective, Roger Borniche, against Jean-Louis Trintignants escaped sociopath. Based on a true story and set in 1947, Flic Story captures the tensions and ambiguities of a society still trying to right itself from the Occupation, when heroes were criminals and betrayal was the order of the day. Borsalino & Co. and Flic Story both deploy genre trappings to replay the experience of the Resistance, a theme that returns throughout Melvilles oeuvre, too. Only Deray took it to the bank. The Alain Delon Collection also includes José Giovannis Two Men in Town (1973). Other recommended new releases: The Astaire & Rogers Collection: The Barkleys of Broadway, Follow the Fleet, Shall We Dance, Swing Time, Top Hat. VHS-DVD: The Deal, Sin City, The Wedding Date. DVD: ABBA: The Movie; Alien Planet; Allo Allo!: The Complete Series Three; The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Third Season; The Ballad of Jack and Rose; Brown Bunny; Dave Chappelles For What Its Worth; The Dick Cavett Show: Rock Icons; Epics of the Old Testament Collection: Great Leaders, Joseph and His Brethren, Saul and David, Jacob, the Man Who Fought God; Girl Play; The Glass Shield: Special Edition; Harley-Davidson: The Spirit of America; Hazlo por Mí (Do It for Me); I Got Five on It; I Love Lucy: The Complete Fifth Season; Jamboree; Lazytown: New Superhero; Little Britain: The Complete First Series; The Mambo Kings; My Left Foot: Special Edition; My Neighbors the Yamadas; The Office: Season One; Phil of the Future: Gadgets & Gizmos; Pom Poko; Saved by the Bell: The New Class: Season 4; Shall We Dance; The Simpsons: The Complete Sixth Season; Thats So Raven: Disguise the Limit; Walt Disneys Timeless Tales (Vols. 1 & 2).
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