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The Crimes of Jean-Pierre Melville

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We are thrilled to present three masterpieces of crime from the French filmmaker who re-invented genre cinema for modern (and modernist) audiences: Jean-Pierre Melville. Selections include the French New Wave inspiration Bob le flambeur, his staggering French Resistance thriller, Army of Shadows, and one of the greatest heist films ever made, Le circle rouge, starring Alain Delon and Yves Montand.

Le cercle rouge

Jean-Pierre Melville France, 1970


The perfect crime? No—but perhaps the perfect crime movie! Jean-Pierre Melville’s star-studded (Alain Delon, Yves Montand, Gian Maria Volontè) heist film is the peak of the director’s ritualistic, nearly fetishistic paean to cops and robbers, influencing everyone from Michael Mann to Johnnie To.

Army of Shadows

Jean-Pierre Melville France, 1969


While Melville’s brilliant style of genre cinema may seem modernist, detached and stoic, this masterpiece may have you reconsider. Melville fought in the Resistance, a personal history which lends this thrilling saga of the underground, espionage, escape and betrayal with a deep, melancholy soul.

Bob le flambeur

Jean-Pierre Melville France, 1956


From the French New Wave to Michael Mann, the influence of Jean-Pierre Melville’s cool existentialist cinema cannot be understated. Ace gamblers to French resistance members—we offer a few of the masters finest in a triple bill starting with this crime fable of mortality, crime, and maybe even love.

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