With Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Raymond Pellegrin, Christine Fabréga. Franco-American Hybrid [:35] ... Director Jean-Pierre Melville's obsession with American crime thrillers is in abundant evidence in Le Deuxieme Souffle, an excellent film despite being a bit too long. Le Deuxième Souffle. Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Le deuxieme souffle is the story of the escape and doomed run of convict Gu Menda (Lino Ventura), a cold blooded killer.

A gangster escapes jail and quickly makes plans to continue his criminal ways elsewhere, but a determined inspector is closing in. Jean-Pierre Melville is the most original of the directors in the French school of film noir of the sixties. Director: Jean-Pierre Melville Cast: Lino Ventura , Paul ... Paul Meurisse and the Long Take [5:31] 5. The chase is led by commissar Blot (Paul Meurisse), an intelligent and cynical cop.