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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 »


(age 55) in Paris, France

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 2002/I The Good Thief (film "Bob le flambeur") / (screenplay "Bob le flambeur")
 1972 Un Flic
 1969 The Army of Shadows (adaptation)
 1967 Le Samouraï
 1966 Le Deuxieme Souffle (adaptation) / (dialogue)
 1963 Magnet of Doom (adaptation) / (dialogue)
 1962 Le Doulos (adaptation)
 1961 Léon Morin, Priest (screenplay and dialogue)
 1959 Two Men in 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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Jean Pierre Melville | Melville


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I'd usually see five films a day. Fewer than five and I'd get withdrawal symptoms. I've always had a screening room at home so I could watch a couple of American films after dinner. See more »


Favorite director of Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch, Michael Mann, Johnnie To, John Woo, Takeshi Kitano, Hossein Amini and Aki Kaurismäki. See more »


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