Jean-Pierre Melville

Centennial Programmee

Visionary and influential director Jean-Pierre Melville


Jean-Pierre Melville

Visionary and influential director Jean-Pierre Melville (1917-73), with trademark stetson and dark glasses, was born Jean-Pierre Grumbach, taking the name of Moby Dick author Melville, a code-name he had adopted while working for the French Resistance during World War II.

An early filmgoer and lover of prewar American movies, Melville was a precursor of the French New Wave [Bob le Flambeur (1956)] and often cited as a definitive reference for filmmakers such as Jim Jarmusch, Michael Mann, John Woo, Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese. 

Melville’s celebrated star-studded crime thrillers are profoundly melancholic, bringing new levels of meaning and cinematic depth to the film noir genre. We are delighted to present two features, The Red Circle and Léon Morin, Priest as part of the Jean-Pierre Melville Centennial Programme organised with the support of the Institut Français and the French Embassy in Ireland.

21.15, Tuesday 6th, March / Gate Cinema

Notes by Marie-Pierre Richard

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