Monthly Screenings

Jean-Pierre Melville Retrospective

Jean-Pierre Melville (1917-1973)

Dan Fainaru      

Donning a cowboy hat and dark Ray Bans, cruising around town in a big Cadillac – in real-life, Jean-Pierre Melville used to look just like a character from one of his own films. A firm believer in “larger than life” figures, he fashioned his appearance to resemble his movie heroes – those he met in the countless American adventure yarns he watched through long sleepless nights, when, as an adolescent, he was getting acquainted to a world that he later infused, once he began making movies,  with a unique French flavor.

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The Army of Shadows

Dir.: Jean-Pierre Melville
| 145 minutes

In his most personal, and perhaps greatest film, Jean-Pierre Melville follows an underground, anti-Nazi group during the days of the French Resistance. A realistic, meticulous masterpiece starring Lino Ventura and Simone Signoret.

Bob the Gambler

Dir.: Jean-Pierre Melville
| 98 minutes

Crime film mastermind Jean-Pierre Melville presents one of his most renowned films, about Bob Montagné, a reformed ex-con who plans the ultimate heist on a highly secured casino. An enthralling film, combining poetry and toughness.

The Finger Man

Dir.: Jean-Pierre Melville
| 108 minutes

An ex-con tries to join his old gang, which now includes a police snitch. Sucked into a whirlwind of suspicion, the gangsters take extreme action. An exemplary homage to American Film Noir, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo. 

Leon Morin, Priest

Dir.: Jean-Pierre Melville
| 117 minutes

The story of the illicit love between a young war widow and an open-hearted priest in a small French village during the Nazi occupation. A masterpiece by Jean Pierre Melville, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Emmanuelle Riva.

Onsite screening

The Red Circle

Dir.: Jean-Pierre Melville
| 140 minutes

A recently released convict, an alcoholic former policeman and a fugitive convict plan a jewelry heist. Gangster movie whiz Melville concocts an electrifying, yet subtle philosophical allegory. Starring Alain Delon and Yves Montand.

The Samourai

Dir.: Jean-Pierre Melville
| 105 minutes

A cold-hearted hit man finds himself in an ongoing nightmare with the gangsters who hired him and the police on his tail. Jean-Pierre Melville’s celebrated masterpiece, starring Alain Delon in one of the greatest roles of his career. The film’s premiere screening (14.7) is part of the Retrospective launch event with the participation of Serge Toubiana and Dan Fainaru.  

The Silence of the Sea

Dir.: Jean-Pierre Melville
| 87 minutes

A German officer lives with a rural family in Nazi-occupied France. The tenants listen in silence as he speaks of his feelings, music, the War and his love for France. Screened with 24 Hours in the Life of a Clown (18 min.).