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Any Number Can Win

A thwarted caper film in the vein of Melville's Bob le flambeur and Kubrick's The Killing, Henri Verneuil's 1963 feature stars Jean Gabin, the avatar of world-weary criminality, in one of his finest roles. Fresh out of prison, he enlists a former cell mate (Alain Delon) in a daring plan to rob a casino on the Riviera. Though the film was an international hit, Verneuil's conventional narrative style attracted the scorn of the French New Wave. Forty years later it stands as a well-crafted noir with a long, tautly executed heist and a protracted denouement that's even more engrossing. In French with subtitles.

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