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MORE DIRECTORS CHECKLIST SERIES - Volume #224 - THE FILMS OF JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE


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#1 of 38 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted July 28 2005 - 04:37 AM

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Volume #224 - Jean-Pierre Melville

Un flic (1972)
Cercle rouge, Le (1970)
Armée des ombres, L' (1969)
... aka Army In the Shadows
... aka The Shadow Army
Samouraï, Le (1967)
Deuxième souffle, Le (1966)
... aka Second Breath
Aîné des Ferchaux, L' (1963)
... aka Magnet of Doom
Doulos, Le (1962)
Léon Morin, prêtre (1961)
... aka Leon Morin, Priest (International: English title: literal title)
... aka The Forgiven Sinner (USA)
Two Men in Manhattan (1959)
Bob le flambeur (1955)
When You Read This Letter (1953)
Les Enfants Terribles (1950)
Silence de la Mer, Le (1949)
Vingt-quatre heures de la vie d'un clown (1945)

2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#2 of 38 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted July 28 2005 - 04:50 AM

An ardent cinephile with a great love of American film, his filmmaking ambitions were delayed by WWII. He served in the French army, the Resistance, and with the Free French. Following the war he was denied admission to the film technicians union, but undaunted he began to make films independently. Taking influences from noir, he created a new kind of crime film, shooting in the streets, often using hidden cameras and without permission. His heros were crooks, but they had honor within the rules of their profession. Directors from Godard to Scorsese to John Woo have cited Melville as a highly influential figure.

*1. Bob Le Flambeur - A (My favorite heist/gambling film)
2. Le Cercle Rouge - A- (Seen on film, powerful performances by Yves Montand and Alain Delon highlight this stylish, dark crime film.)
3. Le Deuxième Souffle - A-
4. Army of Shadows - B+

5. Leon Morin, Priest - B
6. Le Samourai - B-

7. Un Flic - B-
8. Le Doulos - B-
9. Les Enfants Terribles - B-


Own: 1


2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#3 of 38 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted July 28 2005 - 05:30 AM

Seen none, though I recognize some titles that are on my to see list.
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#4 of 38 OFFLINE   Kirk Tsai

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Posted July 28 2005 - 06:45 AM

Fatalistic noir extrodinaire

Ranking:

1. Le Samurai
2. Bob Le Flambeur
3. Le Cercle Rouge
4. Un Flic

#5 of 38 OFFLINE   Elizabeth S

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Posted July 28 2005 - 08:51 AM

Have only seen "Bob Le Flambeur". Have "Un Flic" and "Le Cercle Rouge" in my to-watch DVD pile.

#6 of 38 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted July 28 2005 - 09:27 AM

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JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE (1917 - 1973)


Un flic (1972) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Cercle rouge, Le (1970) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Army of Shadows (1969) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Samouraï, Le (1967) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Le deuxième souffle
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Magnet of Doom (1963) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Doulos, Le (1962) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Forgiven Sinner (1961) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Two Men in Manhattan (1959) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Bob le flambeur (1955) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
When You Read This Letter (1953)
Les Enfants Terribles (1950) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Le Silence de la Mer (1949) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Vingt-quatre heures de la vie d'un clown (1945)



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#7 of 38 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted July 28 2005 - 10:49 AM

Un Flic (1972) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
Le Cercle Rouge (1970) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the Blu)
Army of Shadows (1969) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the Blu)
Le Samouraï (1967) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
Second Breath (1966) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
Magnet of Doom (1963)
Le Doulos (1962) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
Leon Morin, Priest (1961)
Two Men in Manhattan (1959)
Bob le Flambeur (1955) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
When You Read This Letter (1953)
Les Enfants Terribles (1950) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
Le Silence de la Mer (1949) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
Vingt-quatre heures de la vie d'un clown (1945)

Seen 9
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#8 of 38 OFFLINE   Mario Gauci

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Posted July 29 2005 - 06:31 AM

In order of merit:


1.Le Samouraï (1967) ****
2.L'Armée Des Ombres (1969) ***1/2
3.Bob Le Flambeur (1955) ***
4.Les Enfants Terribles (1950) ***
5.Le Cercle Rouge (1970) ***
6.Le Doulos (1962) ***
7.Un Flic (1972) ***
8.Léon Morin, Prêtre (1961) ***
9.L'Aîné Des Ferchaux (1963) **1/2


Unfortunately, I've not only watched all of these once - not counting a much-shortened Italian-dubbed version of L'ARMEE` DES OMBRES - but, in most cases, that one viewing was in French without English subtitlesPosted Image!!

I only own BOB LE FLAMBEUR on DVD so far but, obviously, I intend to pick up all that is available of his work and hope that LE SAMOURAI and LES ARMEE DES OMBRES - not to mention LE SILENCE DE LA MER (1949) and LE DEUXIEME SOUFFLE (1966) - get their own DVD editions soon!


P.S. An additional good word is in order for LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES which, due to it theatrical origins as a Jean Cocteau play, is quite unlike anything usually associated with Melville. Famed film critic David Thompson even maintains that it is in every way superior to any of Cocteau's own cinematic achievements; big words, perhaps, but it is indeed very good, make no mistake!

#9 of 38 OFFLINE   SteveGon

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Posted July 30 2005 - 01:39 AM

Le Cercle Rouge ***
Le Samourai ***Posted Image
Le Doulos ***
Bob le Flambeur ***Posted Image
Un Flic ***
Army in the Shadows ****
The Silence of the Sea ****


#10 of 38 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted December 17 2005 - 04:11 AM

Updated:
Le Samouraï - B-
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#11 of 38 OFFLINE   SteveGon

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Posted June 22 2006 - 05:13 PM

Army in the Shadows ****

#12 of 38 OFFLINE   Martin Teller

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Posted November 18 2006 - 05:28 AM

Cercle rouge, Le (1970) - 7/10
Armée des ombres, L' (1969) - 8/10
Samouraï, Le (1967) - 9/10
Deuxième souffle, Le (1966) - 6/10
Doulos, Le (1962) - 9/10
Bob le flambeur (1955) - 8/10
Les Enfants Terribles (1950) - 6/10
Silence de la Mer, Le (1949) - 6/10


#13 of 38 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted April 18 2007 - 02:43 PM

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Army of Shadows (1969) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

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Posted May 19 2007 - 12:58 AM

Updated Master list...............................
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#15 of 38 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted June 14 2007 - 05:14 PM

Updated:

Army of Shadows - B+
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#16 of 38 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted July 01 2007 - 04:13 PM

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Le Samouraï (1967) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)

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#17 of 38 OFFLINE   SteveGon

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Posted July 03 2007 - 07:09 AM

The Silence of the Sea **** out of ****

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Posted July 08 2007 - 03:48 PM

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Cercle rouge, Le (1970) 3/4
Armée des ombres, L' (1969) 4/4
... aka Army In the Shadows
... aka The Shadow Army
Samouraï, Le (1967) 3/4
Doulos, Le (1962) 2/4
Bob le flambeur (1955) 2/4
Les enfants terribles (1950) 1/4


While I enjoy Le Samouri, I don't think the movie would be as loved without Delon's fabulous fedora! My favorite of his films is Army of Shadows, by a mile. Just sublime. And my least favorite is Les enfants terribles, also by a mile. Just an awful, awful film, I could barely stomach the incessant whining and conniving and soap-opera plotting... there was nothing redeeming about it, for me.

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Posted July 28 2007 - 12:54 AM

Updated Master list...............................
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Posted July 28 2007 - 12:28 PM

Updated:

Les Enfants Terribles - B-
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+