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Jean-Pierre Melville Wrap-Up

Jean-Pierre Melville podcast

Five films later and now Eric and Austin are walking around Chicago with trenchcoats and fedoras and unexpectedly…it looks cool. That is due 100,000% to the works of Jean-Pierre Melville. The guys look back at the films they discussed, why certain ones had more of a connection to each of them and then they announce their next daring Five. Get excited!

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Episode #90 — Le Cercle Rouge

Le Cercle Rouge podcast review

The guys watch their final film of their Jean-Pierre Melville Five where they see a return to what he does best. It’s a swirl of his previous films where criminals are going to team up to take part in a diamond heist while keeping away from the cops. It even stars Mr. Le Samourai himself, Alain Delon! But does Le Cercle Rouge suffer from being compared to the previous accomplishments?

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Episode #89 — Army of Shadows

Army of Shadows podcast review

Most spies in film get to have tailored suits and sexy action scenes. In Jean-Pierre Melville’s masterpiece, every spy is exhausted, drained and always living in dread. This is the tale of members of the French Resistance during WWII who keep trying to accomplish anything they can no matter the personal cost. The result is mesmerizing and horrifying.

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Episode #88 — Le Samourai

Le Samourai podcast review

Jean-Pierre Melville’s most famous film is Le Samourai, the story of a super cool assassin with the code of a samurai. Will Melville’s stylish noir sensibilities work for the guys or will it leave them as cold as the hero’s soul? Will one of the guys actually make a point or just state how cool the movie is? Find out!

I wish I can say that Austin’s dog, Wynne, apologizes for eating for a little bit on mic but she is not ashamed.

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Episode #87 — Leon Morin, Priest

Leon Morin Priest podcast review

Last week, the guys saw Jean-Pierre Melville tells a tale of immorality, heists and betrayal. This week, it’s a a story about faith, comfort and God. A woman goes into a church ready to display her frustration by mocking a priest for his hypocrisy. Instead what begins is a series of conversations and debates with the titular Leon Morin, Priest about what it means to be Catholic and to have faith in an impossible time. The guys discuss how Melville makes these moments cinematically gripping and how rare it is to see a positive look at the church in cinema.

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Episode #86 — Bob le Flambeur

Bob le Flambeur podcast review

Happy New Year! Eric and Austin are here to welcome you into 2018 the only way they know how. With a super cool French director from the 1960s. They begin with Bob le Flambeur, the slick noir film about an aged gambler who tries a new heist while his unlucky streak continues. It’s a film that seems to have inspired modern films like Ocean’s 11 and maybe even The Wrestler.

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