Ginette Vincendeau discusses the artistic value of his films in their proper context and comments on Jean-Pierre Melville's love of American culture and his controversial critical and political standing in this English language study.
Ginette Vincendeau is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Warwick. She is the author or editor of numerous publications including The Encyclopedia of European Cinema, Stars and Stardom in French Cinema, Pepe le Moko and (with Alastair Phillips), the forthcoming Journeys of Desire: European Actors in Hollywood.
Acknowledgements Introduction: Melville;An American in Paris? Chapter 1: From film lover to filmmaker: the life and career of Jean-Pierre Melville Chapter 2: Stylistic exercises 24 heures de la vie d'un clown, Les Enfants terribles, Quand tu liras cette lettre Chapter 3: Melville's war Le Silence de la mer, LEon Morin, PrItre, L'ArmEe des ombres Chapter 4: Between the New Wave and America Bob le flambeur, Deux hommes dans Manhattan, L'AOnE des Ferchaux Chapter 5: Melville's sErie noire Le Doulos, Le DeuxiEme souffle Chapter 6: The Delon trilogy Le Samourai, Le Cercle rouge, Un flic Conclusion: 'Neither French, nor American, but Melvillian' Annotated filmography Bibliography Appendices Box-office of Melville's films Melville's pantheon of 64 pre-war American directors Index
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