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      Jean-Pierre Melville

      Jean-Pierre Melville

      Highest Rated: 100% The Silence of the Sea (1949)

      Lowest Rated: 79% The Strange Ones (1950)

      Birthday: Oct 20, 1917

      Birthplace: Paris, France

      A highly-influential French filmmaker, Jean-Pierre Melville's innovative visual style and frugal mode of production highly influenced the movement of the French New Wave, even as its adherents dismissed his later work. Denied entrance into the heavily unionized French film industry, Melville took matters into his own hands and formed his own production company in 1946. From the beginning, such films as "Silence of the Sea" (1949) and "The Terrible Children" (1950) impressed fellow filmmakers with their lyrical quality and unadorned technique. Crime dramas like "Bob the Gambler" (1956) and "The Finger Man" (1962) made explicit Melville's fascination with American noir, although his increasingly polished films soon lost him support within France's critical circles. After working with New Wave leading man Jean-Paul Belmondo on several projects, Melville found his definitive "beautiful destructive angel" with Alain Delon, who starred in the director's existential masterpiece, "The Samurai" (1967), as well as "The Red Circle" (1970) and "Dirty Money" (1972) prior to the writer-director's death in 1973. Under-documented as a leading mid-century director for decades, in the mid-1990s Melville was thankfully reappraised by the critical establishment in France, as well as international filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, John Woo and Jim Jarmusch, who helped introduce his body of work to a new generation.

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      81% 69% Dirty Money Director $48.0K 1972
      95% 92% The Red Circle Director,
      $58.1K 1970
      97% 94% Army in the Shadows Director,
      $24.6K 1969
      100% 94% Le Samouraï Director,
      $85.2K 1967
      100% 93% Second Breath Director - 1966
      No Score Yet 60% L'aîné des Ferchaux (Magnet of Doom) Director - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Magnet of Doom Director,
      - 1962
      96% 85% Leon Morin, Priest Director,
      $44.5K 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Doulos, the Finger Man Director $82.8K 1961
      96% 90% Le Doulos Director,
      $82.8K 1961
      No Score Yet 57% Two Men in Manhattan Unknown (Character),
      - 1959
      96% 90% Breathless Parvulesco (Character) $47.1K 1959
      97% 90% Bob the Gambler Director,
      $41.0K 1955
      No Score Yet 67% When You Read This Letter Director,
      $15.2K 1953
      79% 70% The Strange Ones Director,
      Production Design
      - 1950
      100% 90% The Silence of the Sea Director,
      - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 24 Hours in the Life of a Clown Director - 1946