RED (1994)
TROIS COULEURS: ROUGE
1994, Janus Films, 98 min, France, Poland, Switzerland, Dir: Krzysztof Kieślowski

In the trilogy’s final installment, Valentine, a Swiss model (played by Irène Jacob, from THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE) meets an embittered former judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who spies on his neighbors, and crosses paths with an intriguing young law student (Jean-Pierre Lorit). In a wonderful piece of cosmic stage-managing, Kieślowski brings together the main characters from all the THREE COLORS stories during a storm-tossed ferry ride. In French with English subtitles.


AND HOPE TO DIE
LA COURSE DU LIÈVRE À TRAVERS LES CHAMPS
1972, CCFC, 99 min, France, Dir: René Clement

This adaptation of David Goodis’ novel Black Friday concerns a crook on the lam (Jean Louis Trintignant) who crosses paths with a Montreal gang plotting a big score - led by noir stalwarts Robert Ryan and Aldo Ray. “Froggy” (as Ryan dubs our hero) decides to join in the heist and, of course, ends up neck-deep in danger. An odd and invigorating French-Canadian-American production, this is a rarely screened homage to noir on both the page and screen, sparked by a devilish script from author Sébastien Japrisot (The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun). English dubbed version.


THE OUTSIDE MAN
UN HOMME EST MORT
1972, Park Circus/MGM, 104 min, France/USA, Dir: Jacques Deray

Hit man Jean-Louis Trintignant (recently seen in Michael Haneke’s AMOUR) is sent to L.A. to whack a mob boss. Once the job's done, he's trapped in a nightmare of strip clubs, Jesus freaks and "Star Trek" reruns, chased by assassin Roy Scheider and helped by go-go girl Ann-Margret. Plenty of bygone Los Angeles landmarks! Original uncut, uncensored, English-language version.


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