1960s, 4/4, Drama, Jean-Pierre Melville, Review

Leon Morin, Priest

#5 in my ranking of Jean-Pierre Melville's filmography. This feels like a break from Melville's previous work, moving from crime to a quieter, more psychological duel between a man and a woman, but it feels like a combination of his early work, in particular Les Enfants Terribles, and the strict moral codes that he had… Continue reading Leon Morin, Priest

1950s, 3.5/4, Drama, Jean-Pierre Melville, Review

Les Enfants Terribles

#9 in my ranking of Jean-Pierre Melville's filmography. Based on a novel by Jean Cocteau who also wrote the screenplay and provided the narrative voiceover, Jean-Pierre Melville's Les Enfants Terribles is a psychological duel between a brother and sister that takes them from poverty to wealth, all while playing a dangerous game that they can't… Continue reading Les Enfants Terribles

1940s, 3.5/4, Drama, Jean-Pierre Melville, Review

Le Silence de la Mer

#8 in my ranking of Jean-Pierre Melville's filmography. Jean-Pierre Melville was born Jean-Pierre Grumbach and took the nom-de-guerre Melville during his time with the French Occupation against Nazi rule during World War II. With the war ended, he struck out to become a filmmaker, being rejected by the actual French studios, and went independent, adapting… Continue reading Le Silence de la Mer