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Jean-Pierre Melville (1917–1973)


The name "Melville" is not immediately associated with film. It conjures up images of white whales and crackbrained captains, of naysaying notaries and soup-spilling sailors. It is the countersign to a realm of men and their deeds, both heroic and villainous. It is the American novel, with its Ishmaels and its Claggarts a challenge to the European... See full bio »

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(age 55) in Paris, France

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Known For

Breathless
Breathless Parvulesco the Writer
(1960)
Léon Morin, Priest
(1961)
Le Samouraï
Le Samouraï Writer
(1967)
Le Doulos
Le Doulos Writer
(1963)

Filmography

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 2002 The Good Thief (film "Bob le flambeur") / (screenplay "Bob le flambeur")
 1972 Un Flic
 1969 Army of Shadows (adaptation)
 1967 Le Samouraï
 1966 Le Deuxieme Souffle (adaptation) / (dialogue)
 1963 L'aîné des Ferchaux (adaptation) / (dialogue)
 1963 Le Doulos (adaptation)
 1961 Léon Morin, Priest (adaptation)
 1959 Deux hommes dans Manhattan (scenario, adaptation and dialogue)
 1956 Bob le Flambeur (adaptation - as Melville) / (original story - as Melville)
 1950 Les Enfants Terribles (uncredited)
 1949 Le Silence de la Mer (adaptation)
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Alternate Names:

Jean Pierre Melville | Melville

Height:

6' 0¾" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

It so happens that the gangster story is a very suitable vehicle for the particular form of modern tragedy called film noir, which was born from American detective novels. It's a flexible genre. You can put whatever you want into it, good or bad. And it's a fairly easy vehicle to use to tell stories that matter to you about individual freedom, friendship, or rather human relationships, because ... See more »

Trivia:

"As one of his films after another is rediscovered, Melville is moving into the ranks of the greatest directors." Roger Ebert says. See more »

Trademark:

Characters looking over a room for last time before leaving. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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