Watch Now: TWO MEN IN TOWN
Former policeman Germain, played by Jean Gabin, works as a prison trainer, advising and consulting inmates on how to carry on with their lives when they’re released from jail. When Gino (Alain Delon), a printer sentenced to twelve years for a bank robbery, gets out on parole, Germain befriends both him and his wife Sofie, who had waited for ten years to be reunited with her husband. Gino finds a steady job, but things turn for the worse: first, his wife gets killed in an accident, and then the policeman who originally brought him in starts following and harassing him, convinced he’s returned to his old ways. Germain tries to protect him, but it seems a peaceful, happy life simply isn’t meant for Gino, as the stubborn, grudge-carrying inspector is bound to make sure Gino ends up behind bars once again.
Another film Delon produced, Two Men in Town (also known as Two Against the Law or, in the original, Deus hommes dans la ville) was written and directed by José Giovanni, a former French collaborationist sentenced to death. Pardoned after serving eleven years in prison, Giovanni got rid of his name (Joseph Damiani) and dedicated his life to filmmaking and writing novels. Considering his own past, it should come as no surprise that Giovanni developed a film about a criminal offered a second chance and all of the obstacles in a man’s path to wiping the slate clean.