Jean-Pierre Melville’s Un Flic (1972) begins on a stormy day in a seaside town as a gang of crooks is about to rob a bank. The leader of the group is Simon (Richard Crenna), whose friend, Coleman (Alain Delon), is the police commissioner. Coleman knows Simon as the owner of a nightclub where he likes to smoke, tickle the ivories, and make eyes at Simon’s girlfriend, Cathy (Catherine Deneuve), with whom he is having an affair. Melville’s tense final film follows the two men as their worlds collide, culminating in a nail-biting drug heist. Catch it in a new 35mm print with a new translation at Film Forum.

April 19-25, 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10 & 9:10 p.m., 2013

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