Watch Now: DIRTY MONEY
Labeled in the French market as Un flic, with an alternate English title A Cop, Dirty Money is Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1972 crime film in which the filmmaker once again collaborates with Alain Delon. While in Le Samourai and Le Cercle Rouge Delon was a criminal, here he plays a police detective passionately laboring on the trail of a notorious thief played by Richard Crenna. The thief and his three accomplices rob a bank, but as one of his colleagues is wounded, they put him in a private clinic only to have him assassinated later – no loose ends, of course. The dedicated police inspector, however, doesn’t stop as he closes in on the criminal leader, who he sees as his arch-enemy in more than one way: the criminal’s mistress is also the detective’s occasional lover.
With the ever-wonderful Catherine Deneuve as the woman placed between the hunter and the hunted, Dirty Money is Melville’s dark and exciting crime thriller that features a spectacular 20-minute sequence of executing an elaborate train robbery. Melville’s storytelling is superb, and the characters are written and portrayed as complex and morally always in a gray zone. Un flic might always remain overshadowed by the likes of Le Samourai or Le Cercle Rouge, but it’s still one hell of a crime film.