ONCE A THIEF + ANY NUMBER CAN WIN
*Double Feature* ANY NUMBER CAN WIN with ONCE A THIEF
ONCE A THIEF (1965)
French superstar Alain Delon's first leading role in an English-language film highlights this ultra-hip 1960s heist yarn, shot entirely on location in San Francisco. The debonair Delon plays an ex-con settled into domestic semi-bliss with wife Ann-Margret, but when dogged cop Van Heflin puts the finger on him for a job he didn't pull, Delon has no choice but to throw in with his brother Jack Palance on an actual robbery. Based on a novel by local mystery man Zekial Marko, who also acts in the film and provides exceptional '60s-hipster dialogue. (Note courtesy of Noir City.) DIR Ralph Nelson; SCR Zekial Marko, from his novel; PROD Jacques Bar. U.S./France, 1965, b&w, 107 min. NOT RATED
ANY NUMBER CAN WIN [MÉLODIE EN SOUS-SOL]
Screening in 35mm.
Retire? Even after five years in the slammer, Jean Gabin's not ready to settle down with wife Viviane Romance until that last big score: knocking off a Cannes casino. The trouble is that his partner, ex-cellmate Alain Delon, is good at seducing a showgirl to get backstage, but is otherwise unprofessional. This suspenseful what-else-can-go-wrong big caper picture comes complete with a terrific jazz score, a hilarious final twist and a classic pairing of old and new stars in Gabin's last big U.S. arthouse hit. DIR Henri Verneuil; SCR Michel Audiard, Albert Simonin, from the novel by Zekial Marko; PROD Jacques Bar, Jacques Juranville. France, 1963, b&w, 118 min. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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