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Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
164 N State St, Chicago, Illinois 60601
Two shows only! June 17 & 22
Tickets at siskelfilmcenter.org/secondbreath
This screening is part of retrospective series «Jean-Pierre Melville: Criminal Codes» — full schedule at siskelfilmcenter.org/melville
«This somber, repressive, and perverse work displays a ferocious moral and formal integrity.» — Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
A critical and commercial success, SECOND BREATH reignited Melville’s career after a three-year hiatus and consolidated the fusion of abstraction and mastery of detail that would characterize his late masterpieces (LE SAMOURAÏ, ARMY OF SHADOWS). After breaking out of a prison, old-school thief Gu (tough guy par excellence Ventura) finds his restaurant-owner sister under threat by the mob and himself under scrutiny by a wily police inspector (Meurisse). Gu needs money to flee the country, and opportunity knocks in the form of a daring platinum robbery. The opening prison escape and the highway-set heist rank among Melville’s greatest action set-pieces. In French with English subtitles. Archival 35mm print courtesy of the Institut Français.
SATURDAY DOUBLE-BILL DISCOUNT!
Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Melville film on any Saturday this month, and get a ticket for the second Melville film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)