Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-08-26
  • Publisher: British Film Institute

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This first major study of Jean-Pierre Melville in the English language -a fashionable cult director and one of the few true masters of the cinema.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Introduction: Jean-Pierre Melville, An American in Paris' 1(5)
1 From Film Lover to Film-maker: The Life and Career of Jean-Pierre Melville 6(21)
2 Stylistic Exercises: 24 heures de la vie d'un clown, Les Enfants terribles, Quand tu liras cette lettre 27(22)
3 Melville's War: Le Silence de la mer, Léon Morin, prêtre, L'Armée des ombres 49(50)
4 Between the New Wave and America: Bob le flambeur, Deux hommes dans Manhattan, L'Ainé des Ferchaux 99(41)
5 Serie Noire - films noirs: Le Doulos, Le Deuxième souffle 140(35)
6 The Delon Trilogy: Le Samourai, Le Cercle rouge, Un flic 175(42)
Conclusion: Neither American nor French, but Melvillian 217(5)
Filmography 222(31)
Bibliography 253(7)
Appendix 1: Melville's Films at the French Box Office 260(1)
Appendix 2: Melville's Films as Actor 261(1)
Appendix 3: Melville's Pantheon of Sixty-four Pre-war American Directors 262(3)
Index 265

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