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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 Parvulesco the Writer
(1960)
Le Samouraï Writer
(1967)
(1961)
(1950)

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 2002 The Good Thief (film "Bob le flambeur") / (screenplay "Bob le flambeur")
 1972 A Cop
 1969 Army of Shadows (adaptation)
 1967 Le Samouraï
 1966 Le Deuxième Souffle (adaptation) / (dialogue)
 1963 Magnet of Doom (adaptation) / (dialogue)
 1962 Le Doulos (adaptation)
 1961 Léon Morin, Priest (adaptation)
 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)
 1946 24 Hours in the Life of a Clown (Documentary short) (uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

J.P. Melville | Jean Pierre Melville | Melville

Height:

6' 0¾" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

Filming is absolutely horrible. I call it 'tedious formality'. I hate shooting. My only relief in the whole tiresome business are the wonderful moments when I'm directing actors. See more »

Trivia:

Considered to be the first 'independent filmmaker' in France, because he managed to produce films outside the traditional French film industry. The directors of the French New Wave were especially impressed and inspired by this autonomy. See more »

Trademark:

Characters looking themselves over in a mirror. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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