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DEUX HOMMES DANS MANHATTAN (1959)

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A film by Jean-Pierre Melville.

Cast: Pierre Grasset, Christiane Eudes, Ginger Hall Jean-Pierre Melville.

A french diplomat and a resistance hero has disappear from the U.N. Moreau’s boss (Jean-Pierre Melville) tells him see if he can find him. Moreau goes around and asked question to find out that no one has see him. He goes to his buddies apartment hard drinking photographer Delmas (Pierre Grasset), Together they search Manhattan to find this missing diplomat.

An other film noir from Jean-Pierre Melville, and I do love his film noir.  Later in an interview he said that was the weakest one of them all. Melville known  for The samurai, Bob The Flambeur, the red circle, un flic , and he might be right but it is still a good film. I love those old film you get to see New York back in 1959 with those big Cadillac with fins and Neaon lights every were, there is some great shot of New York at the beginning of this film.  Jean-Pierre Melville plays Moreau and didn’t do to bad of a job in this one, his english see pretty good the only thing is that some American actors weren’t professional looks like they were rookie because their acting and their lines were not so good having said that I still enjoy this movie. Here is the thing Melville di not like the daytime he loved the night, he was an insomniac would sleep some during the day and work at night however this movie was shot at night Melville did not like to shoot during the day he hated it with the passion but if he had too he had too. Melville plays with the shadows very well terrific cinematography. the Jazzy score definitely great, and I do have it on CD. I which Melville had done more role in his film like I said he was not bad at all in this one.  Melville didn’t like his looks specially his eyes that why he was wearing ray ban sun glasses most of the time. Give this one a try and get back to me if you liked it.

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JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE (1917-1973)

Jean-Pierre Melville (born Jean-Pierre Grumbach; 20 October 1917 – 2 August 1973) was a French filmmaker. While with the French Resistance during World War II, he adopted the nom de guerre Melville as a tribute to his favorite American author, Herman Melville. He kept it as his stage name once the war was over.
Jean-Pierre Grumbach was born in 1917 in Paris, France, the son of Berthe and Jules Grumbach. His family were Alsatian Jews. After the fall of France in 1940 during World War II, Grumbach entered the French Resistance to oppose the German Nazis who occupied the country. He adopted the nom de guerre Melville, after the American author Herman Melville, a favorite of his. Melville fought in Operation Dragon When he returned from the war, he applied for a license to become an assistant director, but was refused. Without this support, he decided to direct his films by his own means, and continued to use Melville as his stage name. He became an independent film-maker and owned his own studio.He became well known for his tragic, minimalist film noir crime dramas, such as Le Doulos (1962), Bob The flambeur (1956),
lLe Samourai (1967),l’Armeé des Hombres (1969), Le circle rouge (1970° starring major actors such as Alain Delon (probably the definitive “Melvillian” actor), Jean-Paul Belmondo and Lino Ventura.

He was a major influence in the new wave cinema. Jean-Luc Godard used him as a minor character in his seminal New Wave film Breathless. In 1963 he was invited as one of the jury at the 13th Berlin International Film Festival. He did not like his look specially his bulgy eyes and the fact that he was going bold so He wear a cowboy hat ray ban sunglasses wear cowboy boots and drove a 1965 Mustang. He hated the day time, he lived by night like a vampire, he has also an ansonia. He did not like edited the film but making the film he loved it to death as well as writing. He had a big house in the country where he would seclude himself to write of course during the night. He also had a big ego. His film noir had characters with trench coat and hats cigarettes smoking and uses cold color like grey, blue , blue green.
He died at age 55 of a heat attack in August 1973.

Posted in Films from 30’s to 60’s, French film, New Wave Cinema

TWO MEN IN MAHATTAN (1959)

French director Jean-Pierre Melville is known for directing several classic films such as Bob le flambeur (1956) and Le samouraï (1967), but he also did some acting over the course of his career. However, his only starring role was in his own 1959 crime film Two Men in Manhattan, where he plays a journalist named Moreau who is assigned to find out why a French diplomat named Fèvre-Berthier was absent from a United Nations council meeting. With his photographer friend Delmas (Pierre Grasset), Moreau suspects a female lover might be involved and follows clues from woman to woman in the night of New York City, a place that never sleeps. There also seems to be a car following Moreau and Delmas…Said to be a combination of American film noir and the budding French New Wave movement, Two Men in Manhattan very neatly utilizes the good sides of both styles. The urban street views and skyscrapers look excellent in the glow of the bright ad signs on store marquees and the dark, stark lighting set up for interior scenes is a joy to the eye too. The laid-back jazz soundtrack is highly enjoyable, creating a mood softer than in hard boiled detective noirs, even though the seedy locations would fit in such flicks seamlessly as well.

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UN FLIC (1972)

Parisian police commissioner Coleman (Alain Delon) is not a happy man, but he does what he can to get through each day. He has recently started having an affair with Cathy (Catherine Deneuve), and that helps a little. Cathy is also Simon’s girlfriend and Simon (Richard Crenna) is Coleman’s friend. Unfortunately, Simon is also the head of a gang of criminals. When Coleman’s investigation of a drug-smuggling ring closes in, their rivalry comes to a head. This was Jean-Pierre Melville last film. While Alain Delon’s character, Commissaire Coleman, examines a crime scene, we see a brief shot of a wall on which are inscribed several names including the one of his character in one of his previous collaborations with Jean-Pierre Melville: Jef Costello, the “hero” of the Le Samouraï. The opening shot closely resembles Hokusai’s famous woodcut “The Wave”. By the way Richard Crenna is in the film.

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LE DOULOS (1962)

Confusion and wrong assumptions are the cause of tragedy in this stylish gangster noir by director Jean-Pierre Melville. Burglar Maurice Faugel has just finished his sentence. He murders Gilbert Vanovre, a receiver, and steals the loot of a break-in. He is also preparing a house-breaking, and his friend Silien brings him the needed equipment. But Silien is a police informer ..French director Jean-Pierre Melville, who died in 1973, has become something of a posthumous art-house sensation in the U.S. over the past decade off the new-print revivals of his film-noir classics, “Bob Le Flambeur” (1956), “Le Samurai” (1967), “Army of Shadows” (1969) and “Le Cercle Rouge” (1970). The return of the 1962 gangster classic “Les Doulos” should continue that streak. The movie is a tough, stylish, deliciously complex labyrinth of underworld double-crosses that, like most of the other Melville noirs, ultimately celebrates honor among thieves. I love this one. see it now On neflix.

 

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BOB LE FLAMBEUR (1956)

Is a 1956 French gangster film directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. The film stars Roger Duchesne as Bob. It is often considered a film noir and precursor to the French New Wave because of its use of handheld camera and a single jump cut.Bob(Roger Duchesne), a middle-aged gambler and ex-con living in the Montmartre district of Paris,experiences a run of bad luck that leaves him nearly broke. Bob is a gentleman with scruples, well liked in the demi-monde community. He has unsuccessfully tried to rob a bank in the past, and has spent time in prison. He hears through the croupier friend that the Deauville casino has extreme quantity of cash. Bod develop a scheme to steal it with a young safe cracker and a bunch of other criminal. Cool film jean-Pierre melville master peace.