French new wave of his own
Jean-Pierre Melville’s approach has never gone out of style. He’s saluted at Egyptian.
Opposites not only attracted but also joined and thrived to thrilling effect in the life and work of director Jean-Pierre Melville.
French through and through, he often wore a Stetson and changed his name from Grumbach to Melville because he greatly admired America, its movies and the author of “MobyDick” in particular.
Once best known as a filmmaker whose independence was an inspiration to the French New Wave, he now commands at least as much respect and interest as they do — witness the splendid series starting Friday at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
“Jean-Pierre Melville at 100,” timed to celebrate the centenary of his birth, show-
Where: Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
When: All screenings are at 7:30 p.m. except where noted Friday — “Le Deuxième Souffle” Saturday — “Le Samouraï” Saturday at 10 p.m. — “Le Silence de la Mer” Sunday — “Le Cercle Rouge” Aug. 10 — “Léon Morin, Priest”
Aug. 11 — “Army of Shadows” Aug. 12 — “Le Doulos” Aug. 12 at 10 p.m. — “Un Flic”
Aug. 13 at 5 p.m. — “Le Samouraï”
Aug. 13 — “Bob le Flambeur”
Cost: $8-$12 Info: www.egyptian theatre.com
JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE, with a photo-wary feline, in 1950. The films he felt closest to were those he made about his time in the French Resistance in WWII.