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JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE

Director

His first policeman shot between Paris and Deauville

After having made several literary adaptations (The Silence of the Sea, The Terrible Children…), Jean-Pierre Melville (1917-1973), fascinated by American film noir from the 1940s and 1950s, developed into detective film, of which he quickly became a reference. Bob the Flambeur, his first detective film was shot in July 1955 in Paris and Deauville. After a few exterior shots showing the arrival at the casino, most of the scenes are shot in the casino, in the game rooms and in the back seat. In his office, François André, great director of the Hotels and Casino of Deauville briefly plays his own role.

« No matter how admiring Huston, Wise or Welles he was, Melville already had his own style. The film suffers a bit from the weight of the years. It's a bit conventional, theatrical, solemn, but he opens his series of noir films, which make Melville a cult director. Quentin Tarantino, John Woo or Joël Cohen claim to be him when they do not have the same style, but they have taken back his lonely characters to make them ancient heroes. " Philippe Huet, writer, journalist, author of black novels, came to comment on the screening of the film in Deauville.

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