THE DUELLISTS: THE FINAL DUEL When Ridley Scott won the Best Debut Film award at Cannes for his meditative historical drama The Duellists, he was already almost 40 years old. Perhaps that's why the film's ending feels so mature and elegiac, as the cycle of retributive violence between two Napoleonic-era Frenchmen (Harvey Keitel and Keith Carradine) comes to an end with a single act of conditional mercy and a gorgeous shot of Keitel gazing out over a landscape worthy of any Barbizon painter.
TOPKAPI (1964, directed by Jules Dassin). A lost treasure about stolen treasure, this Istanbul jewel heist flick is by the man who invented the form with Rififi in 1955. Dassin said F-you to the McCarthy blacklist, went abroad and made many Euro classics like this, which among its embarrassments of riches has BOTH Robert Morley AND Peter Ustinov, beloved chubby Brit comic sophisticates. Rich in character and delicious buildup, unlike today's fare. (FYI, it's pronounced Top Copy). (KevinR@Ky)