Vigilante | Offscreen
The vigilante film is one of cinema's most controversial subgenres, featuring heroes that take the law into their own hands.
With Quentin Tarantino as a big fan, "Rolling Thunder" is one of the best known examples of the genre. In some way a "Taxi Driver Part 2" it shares its script writer Paul Schrader with Scorsese's classic. Director is John Flynn who would later make films with Stallone and Seagal...
"Dupont Lajoie" forms an ideological counterpoint of the genre: it uses the vigilante film to denounce the latent racism of French society in the seventies. This controversial film caused a big scandal on its release and gave Jean Carnet his best known role - as well as Isabelle Huppert one of the first in her career.