The dark shadows of New York come to life in this rarely-seen, moody, jazz-soaked noir classic from the great Jean-Pierre Melville, who cast himself as a journalist on an ethically fraught mission to track down a missing French diplomat.
Monique Hennessy,Pierre Grasset,Christiane Eudes,Ginger Hall,Colette Fleury,Glenda Leigh
The dark shadows of New York come to life in TWO MEN IN MANHATTAN (1959), Melville's rarely seen, jazz-soaked noir masterpiece. A French UN delegate has disappeared into thin air, sending reporter Moreau (Melville) and hard-drinking photographer Delmas (Pierre Grasset, Rififi) on an ethically fraught mission to find him. Their only lead is a picture of three women. Set against a smoky jazz score and featuring stunning black-and-white cinematography by Nicolas Hayer (Le Corbeau, Le Doulos) that beautifully captures the gritty streets at night, this is director Melville's love letter to New York City and homage to American film noir.