Wednesday, June 7

Jean-Pierre Melville’s Cinema of Resistance

"This is how you should attend the forthcoming retrospective of Jean-Pierre Melville movies at Film Forum: Tell nobody what you are doing. Even your loved ones—especially your loved ones—must be kept in the dark. If it comes to a choice between smoking and talking, smoke. Dress well but without ostentation. Wear a raincoat, buttoned and belted, regardless of whether there is rain. Any revolver should be kept, until you need it, in the pocket of the coat. Finally, before you leave home, put your hat on. If you don’t have a hat, you can’t go. Melville was born almost a hundred years ago, on October 20, 1917. The centennial jamboree starts on April 28th and ends on May 11th, followed by a weeklong run of 'Léon Morin, Priest' (1961), starring Jean-Paul Belmondo in the title role. ..."
New Yorker
The Essentials: The 10 Greatest Jean-Pierre Melville Films
senses of cinema
Guardian: Poet of the underworld
W - Jean-Pierre Melville
The Criterion Collection (Video)
Jean-Pierre Melville: Criminal Codes (Video)
Jean-Pierre Melville: The Moral Dimension of Crime
vimeo: To Become Immortal… and Then Die: A Jean-Pierre Melville Primer
YouTube: Jean-Pierre Melville, Interview (1970)

Jean-Pierre Melville in his own film, Two Men in Manhattan