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Excerpts from this documentary are featured on the Criterion Collection's 2-Disc DVD for _Cercle rouge, Le (1971)_. See more »

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nightmare on Rue Jenner
10 July 2002 | by (offenbach/rodenbach) – See all my reviews



Jean Pierre Grumbach alias Melville - a so called conservative and admirer of the pre war Amercon film - is now dead a long time. Before his last good bye he made in the time of 25 years just a few films, one French in the US, an unsuccessful one (he exactly knows why), all the rest except part of 'Fercheaux' in France, some in black and white, some later in color and scope. He cultivated a list of 63 American directors, was friend to many new wave directors and Volker Schlöndorf assisted him for Le Doulos. He owned a private Film Studio in the Rue Jenner in Paris an let it to other directors and television productions. That studio burned down totally and the documentary shows Melville in his office talking about the past, the presence and the future and the plan to rebuilt the Rue Jenner Studio he loved so much. The documentary doesn't give all aspects of Melville (how could you possibly manage in 53 minutes), but you watch a man of the 7 th art telling the camera (at nighttime I presume)what is important for him in the very moment the film is made. The man in his private writing laboratory, not the usual Stetson on his head, no police glasses, just the ordinary surrounding of a writer-director, who fights himself from one film to the other and is soon after the documentary was made dead. No more films of Jean Pierre Grumbach, formerly officer in the de Gaulle London army, producer, writer, director of films, when Delon and Belmondo were still young and

Ernie Sch. probably didn't even know what a film studio is at all. Nice to watch him: You can much easier recognize him as an extra for instance in A Bout de Souffle, or opposit of Jean Cocteau in Les Enfants Terrible. A film long before the talk shows came to France. The film should be kept as long as Le samourai, Le Doulos and Le deuxieme souffle are being shown on TV and sometimes on the big screen.


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