"People often speak of films where the relationship between men, their friendship, have an enormous importance. I believed in the friendship of Abel Davos and Stark, absolutely. It is interior, and does not appear by means of dialogue. The two men's behavior makes explicit their feelings, without either of them having to speak of their friendship. That is partly why I was not able to believe in the friendship of Jules and Jim, even though they speak of it often. Of course, I am not opposing the Sautet technique and the Truffaut technique: absolute classicism and the new cinema are two forms of the same art. It remains to be seen if, in 1965, both will still exist or if one, alone, will still exist."
Jean-Pierre Melville sobre "Classe tous risques" (Claude Sautet)