Jean Pierre Melville

Director ● Supporting Actor ● Producer

Jean-Pierre Melville was a French filmmaker. He became well known for his tragic, minimalist film noir crime dramas, such as Le Doulos (1962), Le Samouraï (1967) and Le Cercle rouge (1970). Influenced by American cinema, especially gangster films of the 1930s and 1940s, he used accessories such as weapons, clothes and fedora hats, to shape a characteristic look in his movies. He is often regarded as the godfather of the Nouvelle Vague. At his death by heart attack in 1973, the 55-year-old had directed just 14 projects, at least six of which are acknowledged classics. Aside from Godard and Truffaut, luminaries such as John Woo, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Mann, Volker Schlöndorff, Johnnie To and Martin Scorsese have pointed to him as an key influence.

Born on: 20 October, 1917

Born in: Paris, France

Died on: 2 August, 1973

Height: 6' 0¾"

English 2018
French 1969
French 1960
Supporting Actor
English 2018
English 2018
Story Writer