UN FLIC AND TOKYO DRIFTER
This week’s double bill is all about the period from the mid sixties to the mid seventies where the term gangster pop was coined. First up is Suzuki’s sublime TOKYO DRIFTER still considered an art house masterpiece due to its surreal pop art feel running from start to finish. With its dazzling visuals, lavish sets of riotous colour it has got to be one of the most stylised gangster movies of the 60’s replicated by many but never equalled. Next up is Jean-Pierre Melville’s final film UN FLIC with costume design and styling by Yves Saint Laurent this wonderfully fatalistic look at loss and deception, is a distillation of Melville’s creative interest and his preoccupation with the Japanese Yakuza and their codes of loyalty and honour previously visited in LE SAMOURAI. The two filmmakers take complexly different routes with the crime thriller genre with one common thread creative licence.