JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE

Film director

His first thriller movie was shooted in Paris and in Deauville

After directing several literary adaptations(Le Silence de la mer, Les Enfants terribles…), Jean-Pierre Melville (1917-1973), fascinated by the American film noir of the 1940s-1950s, started to shoot thriller movies, a genre of which he became a reference soon. Bob le Flambeur, his first thriller movie, was shot in July 1955 in Paris and in Deauville. After few outdoor scenes showing the arrival at the casino, the remaining scenes of the movie were shot inside the casino. In his office, François André, manager of the city’s Hotels and Casino, briefly appeared as himself.

 “Although he admired Huston, Wise and Wells, Melville already had his own style. The movie hasn’t aged very well. It’s a bit too conventional, theatrical, solemn, but opens a series of film noir, of which Melville became an emblematic director. Quentin Tarantino, John Woo and Joël Cohen mentioned him as a reference although they don’t have the same style: they borrowed his solitary characters to transform them into antiquity heroes.” Philippe Huet, writer, journalist, author of noir novels, commenting the film projection in Deauville.