No photo available. Represent Jean-Pierre Melville? Add or change photos at IMDbPro
STARmeter
SEE RANK
Down 153 this week

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 »

Died:

(age 55) in Paris, France

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

Editors' Spotlight

On TV: Peabody Award Winners

The list of entertainment winners for the 74th Annual Peabody Awards was revealed this week, and Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer," FX's "Fargo," and HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" are among the honorees. Read the IMDbTV Blog for the full list of winners!

Projects In Development

Details only on IMDbPro »

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 42 people
created 08 Jan 2012
 
a list of 26 people
created 18 Mar 2012
 
a list of 33 people
created 02 Nov 2013
 
a list of 35 people
created 02 Mar 2014
 
a list of 31 people
created 4 months ago
 

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

Connect with IMDb


How Much Have You Seen?

How much of Jean-Pierre Melville's work have you seen?

User Polls

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

Filmography

To always display TV and movie credits separately, edit your site preferences.

Hide Hide Show Show Writer: Movie (14 credits)
 2002/I The Good Thief (film "Bob le flambeur") / (screenplay "Bob le flambeur")
 1972 The Cop
 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)
Show Show Director: Movie (14 credits)
Show Show Actor: Movie (8 credits)
Show Show Producer: Movie (5 credits)
Show Show Editor: Movie (2 credits)
Show Show Production designer: Movie (1 credit)
Show Show Production manager: Movie (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks: Movie (8 credits)
Show Show Self: TV (6 credits)
Show Show Self: Movie (1 credit)
Show Show Archive footage (3 credits)
Edit

Personal Details

Publicity Listings:

2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jean Pierre Melville | Melville

Height:

6' 0¾" (1.85 m)
Edit

Did You Know?

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:

Took his name out of admiration for Herman Melville See more »

Trademark:

Characters looking themselves over in a mirror. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Great news for Melville fans.... TWO films to be released on Criterion! guiltyascharged-1
werner herzog's favorite melville film... what is it?? teejay6682
Relationship Between Melville and Godard nec13
Who the hell changed all the movie titles to translated versions? jimmyr5595
Discuss Jean-Pierre Melville on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page