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L'insoumis (1964) aka The Unvanquished aka Have I the Right to Kill?
Posted by Solomon
on 8/2/2017, 6:09 am
Edited by Solomon on 8/2/2017, 6:11 am
The reviews of this on IMDb more than adequately review and applaud this movie, listed correctly by John Grant as a noir. It's a pure noir, a bleak tale through and through, cinematography by Claude Renoir. And it stars Alain Delon giving us a wonderfully fluid and sensitive performance as a deserter from the French side of the French-Algerian War. It's a chase story, he being the chased. It's a doomed love movie, he falling in love with Lea Massari. It's a wounded man seeking to go home movie, echoing the journey of Sterling Hayden. The foundation of the story is the war, the torture, the assault on humanity, and the accompanying disillusionment.
I had never watched this until last night. To my surprise my dvd copy was from TCM when it had the old ribbon logo. TCM airs this from time to time, as it was distributed by MGM. This version has the title "Have I the Right to Kill?" and it's dubbed in English. The dubbing is first-rate. It was broadcast full screen, not 1.85:1.
This can be combined in a program with "Le Combat dans l'Óle" by the same director, Alain Cavalier.
Several days ago, I watched "Deux hommes dans Manhattan", a Melville movie in which he stars, also for the first time. This is another satisfying noir that should not be missed.