This year marks the centennial of one of the leading French filmmakers of the postwar period, Jean-Pierre Melville (1917–1973). Melville’s films have been held in high esteem by such illustrious directors as Nicholas Ray, Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, Francesco Rosi, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Martin Scorsese, John Woo, and Quentin Tarantino. This series, the most extensive presentation of Melville’s films in BAMPFA’s history, is a chance to see why.

Melville was influenced by all things American: he even changed his name from Grumbach to Melville as an homage to his favorite American author. His love of American cinema was expansive and deep, and he has been credited for translating the best elements of Hollywood classical filmmaking style to French cinema. A World War II veteran, Melville made two powerful films about the French Resistance, the independently produced The Silence of the Sea and Army of Shadows, that reflect his political roots. His lighthearted Bob le flambeur and semi-documentary Two Men in Manhattan became instant models for the young filmmakers of the French New Wave. Set during the German Occupation with superb performances by Jean-Paul Belmondo and Emmanuelle Riva, Léon Morin, Priest is often compared to Robert Bresson’s Diary of a Country Priest. Throughout his career, Melville worked with top-notch cinematographers such as Henri Decaë and Pierre Lhomme, and directed actors like Lino Ventura, Simone Signoret, Alain Delon, Catherine Deneuve, and Yves Montand in some of their best performances. Melville’s existential thrillers and thoroughly entertaining gangster films, including Le doulos, Le Samouraï, and Le cercle rouge, make for perfect summertime viewing.

This series includes the following films: Le Samouraï, Army of Shadows, The Silence of the Sea, Les enfants terribles, Bob le flambeur, Léon Morin, priest, Le Deuxième Souffle, Quand tu liras cette lettre, Two Men in Manhattant, Le Doulos, Le Cercle rouge and Un flic.

More information about the program and tickets can be found here

BAMPFA 2155 Center Street Berkeley, CA 94720

"Melville 100"

When
June 8, 2017 - August 12, 2017
Where
BAMPFA
2155 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94720

This year marks the centennial of one of the leading French filmmakers of the postwar period, Jean-Pierre Melville (1917–1973). Melville’s films have been held in high esteem by such illustrious directors as Nicholas Ray, Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, Francesco Rosi, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Martin Scorsese, John Woo, and Quentin Tarantino. This series, the most extensive presentation of Melville’s films in BAMPFA’s history, is a chance to see why.

Melville was influenced by all things American: he even changed his name from Grumbach to Melville as an homage to his favorite American author. His love of American cinema was expansive and deep, and he has been credited for translating the best elements of Hollywood classical filmmaking style to French cinema. A World War II veteran, Melville made two powerful films about the French Resistance, the independently produced The Silence of the Sea and Army of Shadows, that reflect his political roots. His lighthearted Bob le flambeur and semi-documentary Two Men in Manhattan became instant models for the young filmmakers of the French New Wave. Set during the German Occupation with superb performances by Jean-Paul Belmondo and Emmanuelle Riva, Léon Morin, Priest is often compared to Robert Bresson’s Diary of a Country Priest. Throughout his career, Melville worked with top-notch cinematographers such as Henri Decaë and Pierre Lhomme, and directed actors like Lino Ventura, Simone Signoret, Alain Delon, Catherine Deneuve, and Yves Montand in some of their best performances. Melville’s existential thrillers and thoroughly entertaining gangster films, including Le doulos, Le Samouraï, and Le cercle rouge, make for perfect summertime viewing.

This series includes the following films: Le Samouraï, Army of Shadows, The Silence of the Sea, Les enfants terribles, Bob le flambeur, Léon Morin, priest, Le Deuxième Souffle, Quand tu liras cette lettre, Two Men in Manhattant, Le Doulos, Le Cercle rouge and Un flic.

More information about the program and tickets can be found here