Le deuxième souffle (1966 film)
|Le deuxième souffle|
|Directed by||Jean-Pierre Melville|
|Written by||Jean-Pierre Melville|
|Based on||Le deuxième souffle|
by José Giovanni
|Music by||Bernard Gérard|
Le deuxième souffle is a French crime-thriller film released in 1966. Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, it stars Lino Ventura as Gustave Minda, Paul Meurisse as Inspector Blot and Raymond Pellegrin as Paul Ricci. The film was released under various English titles including Second Breath and Second Wind.
Widely respected in the criminal world for his ability and loyalty, Gu Minda escapes from prison and heads for Paris to see his lover Manouche and her faithful bodyguard Alban. Her admirer and restaurant owner Jacques is shot dead by gunmen sent by club owner Jo Ricci, who then sends two men to Manouche's house. Gu catches them there and gives them his trademark execution, which is a country drive in which they are shot and dumped. Commissioner Blot of the Paris police suspects the hand of Gu, who Manouche and Alban then try to smuggle to Italy via Marseille.
Before going, Gu is interested in one last job to put him in funds. An old associate Orloff sends him to Jo Ricci's brother Paul, who is planning to hold up a security van full of platinum bars. It is escorted by two armed policeman, one of whom Gu kills. Commissioner Fardiano of the Marseille police catches Gu and Paul, giving them rough treatment. In an exchange which is secretly recorded by Blot's team, Gu is tricked into admitting that Paul was involved.
Jo Ricci, wanting revenge on Gu for his jailed brother, also sees a chance to get Gu's share of the proceeds. He works on the other two participants in the robbery, who fear Gu may name them as well. To clear his name in the underworld, Gu escapes from the hospital where he is being held and captures Commissioner Fardiano in his car. After being forced to write a confession, which admits maltreatment and clears Gu of informing, he gets Gu's usual execution. Orloff then tells Gu where Jo Ricci is meeting the other two robbers and, in a final gun battle, all four are killed. Searching Gu's body, Commissioner Blot, who does not agree with Fardiano's interrogation methods, finds the confession, which he drops at the feet of a journalist.
|Gustave 'Gu' Minda||Lino Ventura|
|Commissaire Blot||Paul Meurisse|
|Paul Ricci||Raymond Pellegrin|
|Jo Ricci||Marcel Bozzuffi|
|Inspecteur Fardiano||Paul Frankeur|
Le deuxième souffle was released in Paris on 2 November 1966. In Paris, the film took in 647,857 admissions and 1,912,749 admissions in France as a whole. This was Melville's highest-grossing film in France on its release and his fourth-highest-grossing film in his career.