NEW YORK, June 29, 2016— On Friday, July 15, Films on the Green will present Un Flic (Dirty Money), director Jean-Pierre Melville’s final film and a masterpiece of film noir. It features Alain Delon as a Paris police chief (the cop, hence the title “un flic”) who gets involved in the seedy criminal underworld of Paris and a love triangle with his nightclub owner friend (Richard Crenna) and the “luminously vacant” (Time Out, Kenneth Turan) Cathy (Catherine Deneuve).
Lauded by critics for its sparse yet powerful dialogue and set, Un Flic is a commentary on the relationship between police and criminals, among much more. Wrought with heists, tension, and dark motives, the film is “mysterious and shiny as a black diamond” (Philippe Labro). It is at once a meditation on legal, moral, and sexual ambiguity—with the complex and tragic bond between Delon and Crenna—yet is also steeped in the tradition of American gangster films on the 1930s.
A rarely screened but crucial film in the history of French cinema, Un Flic is echoed in Godard’s Breathless and is also inscribed in French fashion history with costumes by Yves Saint Laurent (worn by Catherine Deneuve). The film captures the shadowy side of Paris and a corrupt facet of its underbelly—the City of Light gone dark.
The screening will take place on Friday, July 15th at 8:30pm at Riverside Park, Pier I. The film is in French with English subtitles and is free and open to all.
DJs from WHCS, Hunter College’s radio station, will play French tunes prior to the screening.
Friday, July 15 | 8:30 pm - Riverside Park, Pier I at 70th street
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
with Alain Delon, Richard Crenna, Catherine Deneuve
1972 | Thriller | PG | 1h38 | France-Italy
In this film noir, director Jean-Pierre Melville’s final film, a Paris police chief (Alain Delon) discovers that his nightclub owner friend (Richard Crenna) also leads a group of bank robbers. When he’s tipped off that the same robbers are planning a drug heist, the police chief races to defeat his two-faced friend. Meanwhile, the police chief has engaged in some double-crossing himself – by sharing the same woman (Catherine Deneuve) with the man he calls his friend.
2016 Films on the Green Festival Schedule
The festival offers this year a striking portrait of the City of Lights, its urban landscape, and cultural diversity.A selection of classic, New Wave, and contemporary films will showcase the city’s aesthetic, cultural, and cinematic history from a dramatically unconventional angle through stories of love, romance, adolescence, female identity, and urban life in Paris and its surrounding suburbs.All films are shown with English subtitles. Screenings begin at 8:30pm, except the Columbia screening, which begins at 7:30pm.
June 7 – Central Park (79th street and Fifth Avenue): Breathless by Jean-Luc Godard, preceded with The Red Balloon by Albert LamorisseJune 10 – Washington Square Park: The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe by Yves RobertJune 17 – Washington Square Park: Air of Paris by Marcel CarnéJune 24 – Transmitter Park (Greenpoint, Brooklyn): Subway by Luc BessonJuly 1 – Transmitter Park (Greenpoint, Brooklyn): The 400 Blows by François TruffautJuly 8 – Riverside Park, Pier I (at 70th Street): April and the Extraordinary World by Christian Desmares & Franck EkinciJuly 15 – Riverside Park, Pier I (at 70th Street): Un Flic by Jean-Pierre MelvilleJuly 22 – Tompkins Square Park: Cleo from 5 to 7 by Agnès VardaJuly 29 – Tompkins Square Park: Boyfriends and Girlfriends by Eric RohmerSept. 8 – Columbia University (at 116th St): Girlhood by Céline Sciamma
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