Un homme est mort (The Outside Man). 1972. Italy/France/USA. Directed by Jacques Deray. Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carrière, Deray, Ian McLellan Hunter. With Jean-Louis Trintignant, Ann-Margret, Roy Scheider, Angie Dickinson, Ted de Corsia. 104 min.
Among the best of the French Connection spinoffs, The Outside Man stars Jean-Louis Trintignant as a French contract killer who heads to Los Angeles to bump off a mobster (Ted de Corsia), only to have a Detroit hit man (Roy Scheider) stalk him throughout the unnervingly foreign city. “Jacques Deray’s thrillers often go sadly astray, but this one was co-scripted by Jean-Claude Carrière (Buñuel’s latter-day collaborator), and wittily fashions a dark variation on Through the Looking-Glass out of the hit man’s bafflement as he becomes the hunted in a country where he doesn’t understand the language (the dialogue is in English, with occasional subtitled French) and where tribal customs seem alarmingly bizarre” (Time Out).
35mm print from Park Circus; courtesy Gaumont