Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris
Ginette VincendeauISBN: 0851709494;
Book DescriptionOne of the most brilliant film-makers in post-war French and world cinema, Jean-Pierre Melville now enjoys renewed popularity. His Bob le flambeur (with its street-wise Montmartre and Pigalle settings, its cool jazz score and its good-humoured tale of gangster clans) not only inspired the New Wave, but has attained unassailable cult status. Other iconic gangster films such as Le Doulos, Le Samourai and Le Cercle rouge are now hailed as masterpieces by latter-day legends John Woo and Quentin Tarantino. Meanwhile, with Le Silence de la mer and L'Armee des ombres, Melville also contributed two of the greatest films about the Resistance during World War II. This first major study of Jean-Pierre Melville in the English language discusses the artistic value of the films in their context and the director's love of American culture from which he derived his name, his sartorial style of Stetson hat and dark glasses, and his ambition to...
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