Le Deuxieme Souffle [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1966]

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Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholar Ginette Vincendeau, author of Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris, and film critic Geoff Andrew of the british film institute
  • New video interview with director Bertrand Tavernier, who served as publicity agent on the film
  • Archival footage featuring interviews with Melville and actor Lino Ventura
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: a new essay by film critic Adrian Danks


Le Deuxième Souffle
Veteran gangster Gustave (Lino Ventura) escapes from prison to find his sister is being blackmailed by some petty thugs in this crime thriller. He plans one last caper to steal enough money in hopes of retiring to a tropical paradise. He and his gang are sought by a detective (Paul Meurisse), the cop who plays by the book and avoids the sadistic torture practiced by his less-honorable cohorts. Soon Gustave is caught between the police and the double-crossing gangsters and discovers too late that there is no honor among thieves. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Lino Ventura
    Lino Ventura - Gustave Minda
  • Paul Meurisse
    Paul Meurisse - Inspector Blot
  • Raymond Pellegrin
    Raymond Pellegrin - Paul Ricci
  • Christine Fabrega
    Christine Fabrega
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    Pierre Zimmer - Orloff

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