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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 »

Died:

(age 55) in Paris, France

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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)

Spouse:

Florence Melville  (his death)
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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:

Two actors received a BAFTA nomination under Melville's direction: Nicole Stéphane for Les Enfants Terribles (1950) and Jean-Paul Belmondo for Léon Morin, Priest (1961). See more »

Trademark:

Often directed crime movies See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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