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Among revivals, which I can never quite view as eligible for prizes, Army of Shadows, 1969, was not first-class Jean-Pierre Melville and Classe Tous Risques, 1960, was not first-class Claude Sautet, but neither had ever before been circulated in the States, and both of them showcased the formidable Lino Ventura in their respective lead roles. Carol Reed's The Fallen Idol, 1948, was never so difficult to see but was nevertheless good to see again. All three were issued by the intrepid Rialto Pictures, as was Christian-Jaque's Fanfan la Tulipe, 1952, which could be mentioned, without honor, solely for the décolletage of Gina Lollobrigida.

But I have descended.

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