Jean-Pierre Melville

Jean-Pierre Melville

Birth
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Death 2 Aug 1973 (aged 55)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Pantin, Departement de Seine-Saint-Denis, Île-de-France, France
Memorial ID 37304100 · View Source
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Jean-Pierre Melville was a French filmmaker. Born Jean-Pierre Grumbach, he later adopted the pseudonym Melville as a tribute to his favorite American author, Herman Melville.
Born in Paris Meville, who was a Alsatian Jew, served in WW II and fought in Operation Dragoon. When he returned from the war he applied for a license to become an assistant director, but was refused. Without this support, he decided to direct his films by his own means. He became an independent film-maker, owning his own studios, and became well known for his tragic, minimalist film noirs, such as Le Samouraï (1967) and Le Cercle Rouge (1969), staring major charismatic actors like Alain Delon ( probably the definitive Melvillian actor), Jean-Paul Belmondo and Lino Ventura. His directorial style was influenced by American cinema and fetishized accessories like weapons, clothes and especially hats. His independence and his ' reporting' style of film-making ( he was one of the first French directors to use real locations regularly) were a major influence on the French New Wave film movement, and he appears as a minor charactor in Jean-Luc Godard's seminal New Wave film Breathless. Melville died from a heart attack at the age of 55.


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 37304100
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jean-Pierre Melville (20 Oct 1917–2 Aug 1973), Find a Grave Memorial no. 37304100, citing Cimetière de Pantin, Pantin, Departement de Seine-Saint-Denis, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Rik Van Beveren (contributor 46956302) .