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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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 2002/I The Good Thief (film "Bob le flambeur") / (screenplay "Bob le flambeur")
 1972 A Cop
 1969 The Army of Shadows (adaptation)
 1967 The Samurai
 1966 Second Breath (adaptation) / (dialogue)
 1963 Magnet of Doom (adaptation) / (dialogue)
 1962 The Finger Man (adaptation)
 1961 Priest (screenplay and dialogue)
 1959 Two Men in Manhattan (scenario, adaptation and dialogue)
 1956 The Gambler (adaptation - as Melville) / (original story - as Melville)
 1950 Terrible Kids (uncredited)
 1949 The Silence of the Sea (adaptation)
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Alternate Names:

Jean Pierre Melville | Melville

Height:

6' 0¾" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

I'm incapable of doing anything but rough drafts. Each time I see one of my films again, then and only then can I see what I should have done. But I only see things this clearly once the finished print is being shown on the screen everywhere and it's too late to do anything about it.

Trivia:

According to Melville, Jean-Luc Godard asked him for consultation during the post-production stage because the first edit was too long for distribution. Melville suggested Godard remove all scenes that slowed down the action (his own turn as novelist Parvulesco included). However,instead of excluding entire scenes, Godard cut little bits from here and there. This led to the "jump cut" technique ... See more »

Trademark:

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

Star Sign:

Libra

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