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Jean-Pierre Melville

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Silence de la Mer, LeSilence de la Mer, Le (The Silence of the Sea) (1947)
Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville
Feat. Howard Vernon
A German officer is billeted with an elderly man and his niece during the occupation of France in this introspective and talky chamber piece, heavy…
Les Enfants TerriblesLes Enfants Terribles (The Strange Ones) (1948) Recommended
Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville
Feat. Edouard Dermithe, Nicole Stephane
A poetic drama–fantasy from the pen of Jean Cocteau (who also directed several scenes), that centres round the narcissistic,…
Bob Le FlambeurBob Le Flambeur (Bob the Gambler) (1955) Recommended
Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville
Feat. Roger Duchesne, Isabelle Corney
Superb French noir from the dir. of LE SAMOURAI, here debuting with a taut plan to rob the Deauville casino, that grows ever more perilous for…
A Bout de SouffleA Bout de Souffle (Breathless) (1959)
Dir. Jean-Luc Godard
Feat. Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger
Godard's landmark first film pulls out all the stops in the style department – with Jean–Paul Belmondo as the romantic fugitive,…
Doulos, LeDoulos, Le (The Finger Man) (1963) Recommended
Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville
Feat. Jean-Paul Belmondo, Serge Reggiani
Eschewing the French New Wave movement in favour of homage to the then ‘passe’ genre of film noir, dir. Jean–Pierre Melville adds shades of…
Le SamouraiLe Samourai (The Samurai) (1967) Aro Favourite
Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville
Feat. Alain Delon
Alain Delon plays an ultra–cool assassin whose flawless disposition is impenetrable to the Gendarmerie but not to a sexy key witness. Steely…
Army of ShadowsArmy of Shadows (L'Armée des Ombres, aka Army in the Shadows) (1969) Aro Favourite
Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville
Feat. Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel
Melville’s heavyweight masterpiece – by turns sombre, exhilarating, and tension–filled – tackles the clandestine rearguard…
Cercle Rouge, LeCercle Rouge, Le (The Red Circle) (1970)
Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville
Feat. Alain Delon, Gian Maria Volonte, Yves Montand
A precisely–crafted colour 'noir' from the French master, dir. Melville, which rejigs the usual ingredients into an exemplary heist…
Dirty MoneyDirty Money (Un Flic) (1972) Recommended
Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville
Feat. Alain Delon, Richard Crenna, Catherine Deneuve
Final film by the suspense–specialist Melville (LE SAMOURAI), spins a familiar tale of cops and bank–robbers involving Alain Delon,…

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