Honouring Jean-Pierre Melville: ‘Godfather of the Nouvelle Vague’
Why We Recommend it
Presented by the Hong Kong French Film Festival, this retrospective honours the life and career of influential French Filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville by screening six of his movies, alongside Johnnie To’s Vengeance.
A major figurehead of film noir and world cinema, the movies of French director Jean-Pierre Melville (1917 – 1973) have inspired acclaimed directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Michael Mann, and Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To.
Melville is best remembered for his tragic, minimalist film noir crime dramas starring famed French actors, including Alain Delon, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Catherine Deneuve.
In honour of what would have been his 100th birthday, the Hong Kong French Film Festival will screen six of his masterworks: The Silence of the Sea (1949), Bob the gambler (1956), Leon Morin, Priest (1961), Doulos the finger man (1963), Army of Shadows (1969), and The Red Circle (1970)
Additionally, the screening of Vengeance (2009), a French-Hong Kong crime thriller by Hong Kong film noir master Johnnie To, will prove a striking tribute to Melville.