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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 Un Flic
 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 heures de la vie d'un clown (Documentary short)
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Alternate Names:

Jean Pierre Melville | Melville

Height:

6' 0¾" (1.85 m)
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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 »

Trivia:

According to Melville, Jean-Luc Godard asked him for consultation during the post-production stage of "Breathless" because the first edit was too long for distribution. Melville suggested Godard remove all scenes that slowed down the action (his own turn as the novelist Parvulesco included). However, instead of excluding entire scenes, Godard cut little bits from here and there. This led to the "... See more »

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Long stretches of film pass with no dialogue. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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