French new wave of his own

Jean-Pierre Melville’s ap­proach has never gone out of style. He’s saluted at Egyp­tian.

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - KEN­NETH TURAN FILM CRITIC

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

Gas­ton Paris / Roger Vi­ol­let Getty Im­ages

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.

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