Honor Among Thieves: The Cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville

Honor Among Thieves: The Cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville

by Andrew Dickos


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The crosscurrents between the classic Hollywood cinema and France's postwar cinema are rich in producing iconic imagery with philosophical resonance, and no filmmaker has immersed himself in this project more than Jean-Pierre Melville (1917-1973). Nurtured on American movies, and living through the turbulent years of the mid-20th century, Melville memorialized his wartime experiences in the Resistance with works like Le Silence de la Mer and L'Armée des ombres while alternately presenting the stark glamor of his postwar film noir heroes in films like Bob le flambeur and Le Samouraï.

A filmmaker who redefined the rules of postwar independent filmmaking and influenced a generation of New Wave acolytes, Melville was also able to captivate the popular audience with stories of beleaguered existential outsiders-gangsters, thieves, and rogue cops-as they wend their way toward a greater definition of our modern human condition.

Honor Among Thieves profiles this filmmaker's eventful life and discusses his cinema as an essential body of work in our reckoning of postwar European cinema, and of Melville's own influence on the filmmakers who admire him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940625478
Publisher: Contra Mundum Press
Publication date: 06/25/2021
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Andrew Dickos is the author of Street with No Name: A History of the Classic American Film Noir (Univ. Press of Kentucky, 2002; 2021), Intrepid Laughter: Preston Sturges and the Movies (Univ. Press of Kentucky, 2013), and Abraham Polonsky: Interviews (Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2013).

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