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Re: Toward a Top 25 Non-English Language Film Noir List
Some of the French films you mention, Carl, are precisely the ones I'd argue are in need of some re-contextualizing (as noted in the slice of text inveigling Owen and Bob to chime in here), since many (not all) of them tend to reinforce the idea that French noir follows American noir--given that Melville, in this mode of his career, is in sync with his (alas...temporary!) allies at Cahiers du cinema in loving all things Americaine. (For my money, Melville's films that deal with the Occupation period are his best work, though only one of them--LE SILENCE DE LA MER--can really be said to be noir.)
Though I know that Owen had for sure seen the Bresson films on this list previously, I count around 20 titles here that have been in various of our Roxie shows since 2014. I hope Owen will grace us with a second cut that adds in those 13 other "lucky winners," because that will show just how much really great stuff is out there for the rest of the world to discover.
How about it, Bob?? :-)