Rather ordinary story of bank robbers getting their comeuppance; by the time Melville released this in 1972, most of the great bank robbery movies have already been made, making this more of a 'remake' or 'redo' than a unique work. There's a lot of style there, however, and his use of blue filters and deliberate pacing contribute to the almost 'tired' air in which the criminals figure they're going to get caught in due time. You have to wonder, too, whether or not the train-and-helicopter scene - done with models and therefore quite cheesy - is meant to be serious or just a sly joke by a knowledgeable filmmaker.
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Year Released: 1972