Jean-Pierre Melville


Jean-Pierre Melville (born Jean-Pierre Grumbach; October 20, 1917 – August 2, 1973) was a French filmmaker and actor. While with the French Resistance during World War II, he adopted the nom de guerre Melville as a tribute to his favorite American author, Herman Melville. He kept it as his stage name once the war was over. Spiritual father of the French New Wave (which also included Claude Chabrol, Jacques Demy, Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais, Jacques Rivette, Éric Rhomer, Agnès Varda, and François Truffaut), he influenced the new generation of filmmakers in Asia (John Woo, Ringo Lam, Johnnie To, Takeshi Kitano), in Europe (Aki Kaurismäki, Rainer Werner Fassbinder), and in America (Michael Mann, Walter Hill, Quentin Tarantino, William Friedkin, Jim Jarmusch).

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • A Day in the Life of a Clown (1946) – short film
  • The Silence of the Sea (1948)
  • The Terrible Children (1950)
  • When you Read this Letter (1953)
  • Bob the Gambler (1956)
  • Two Men in Manhattan (1959)
  • Léon Morin, Priest (1961)
  • Le Doulos (1963)
  • Magnet of Doom (1963)
  • Le deuxième souffle (1966)
  • Le Samouraï (1967)
  • The Red Circle (1970)
  • A Cop (1972)