Second Breath

Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville (1966). Known as “Second Breath” in English, this mid-period Melville opens with a Bressonian prison break, then settles down to watch the doomed, near-epic struggle waged by toughest of the tough guys (granite-faced Lino Ventura) against both his treacherous underworld cohorts and an exceedingly cool police inspector.
Tue., Jan. 18, 4 p.m., 2011